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Work: Candide

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ComposerBernstein, Leonard (1918-1990)
Period20th century
LibrettistLillian Hellman or Richard Wilbur
Year1956
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Candide channels Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Philadelphia

Erin Morley, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Amanda Lynn Bottoms © The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kevin Newbury see Candide as a coming-of-age story, placing it in their own high-school years, specifically 1992, making Westphalia a USA knockoff.
****1
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Bernstein's Candide semi-staged by the LSO

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
Jane Archibald gave possibly the most dazzling account of Cunegonde's music that I’ve heard. 
***11
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Voltaire à la Kosky: a magical Candide at Komische Oper

Allan Clayton (Candide) © Monika Rittershaus
Serious farce, warm-hearted sarcasm, operatic Broadway: Barrie Kosky and Komische Oper turn Bernstein's problem child into a show that thrills from start to finish.
*****
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Political Correctness on hold: Candide in Sydney

Annie Aitken (Cunegonde) © Grant Leslie
Voltaire and Bernstein's wilful political incorrectness make Candide a challenge to behold, but the Sydney Philharmonia meets them in a concert performance in the opera house.
*****
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Escape to the country: Bernstein's Candide at Iford

Candide © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Jeff Clarke's characteristically high-octane style seems made for the sarcastic, hyperactive existential madness that is Candide in this little gem of a production for Iford. 
****1
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