Leonard Bernstein: »Candide«

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7:30 p.m.


10:30 p.m.

At the beginning, Candide is certain that he lives in the best of all possible worlds. But a momentous kiss turns his life upside down and throws him into a world of turmoil. Leonard Bernstein was fascinated from an early age by the story of Candide’s nomadic journeys and growing disillusionment. Voltaire’s satire, first published in 1759 , was a reckoning with the optimism of his time. Not everyone was amused by the “infernal gaiety” that Madame de Staël found in the work. But Voltaire hit a nerve that inspired Bernstein, two hundred years later, to debunk the American “good life” of the 1950s with equally biting irony. It is therefore not surprising that the New York premiere of the first version of the piece in 1956 was not a success. A revised version in 1974 won numerous awards, and the final version in 1988, which adhered more closely to Voltaire’s original, was celebrated as a triumph. Bernstein creates an atmosphere of lightness and parody with an extravagant mix of styles from operetta to musical, opera, vaudeville, slapstick, and Mahler. This is music that challenges our assumptions with dry humour and compassion.

Concert performance of Bernstein’s comic operetta in two acts with inserted texts by Loriot


  • conductor Martin Yates

  • narrator Isabel Karajan

  • Candide Jack Swanson

  • Cunigonde Claire de Sévigné

  • Dr. Pangloss Ben McAteer

  • Old Lady Helene Schneiderman

  • Maximilian Jarrett Ott

  • choir Europa Chor Akademie Görlitz

  • choir rehearsal Jan Hoffmann

  • orchester Symphoniker Hamburg


  • Location Danner-Halle, Telux-Gelände, Weißwasser

  • Address Straße der Einheit 20, 02943 Weißwasser

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Cooperation partners

Europa Chor Akademie Görlitz
Standort Telux-Gelände Weißwasser

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