Page to Opera Stage: Voltaire’s & Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ Exemplifies (the Best of) All Possible Worlds

“Page to Opera Stage” looks at stories – real-life or fiction, old and new – that have inspired operas, and the ways these narratives have been edited and dramatized to fit a new medium. This month, we look at Voltaire’s 18th century satirical novel “Candide”, which inspired Leonard Bernstein’s 20th century masterpiece.  The prolific output of French historian, philosopher, satirist, {…}

Opera Company of Middlebury to Present Cinematic Retelling of “Candide”

(Credit: Erica Furgiuele) The Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM) in Vermont has announced a cinematic reimagining of Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta “Candide.” The production will stream online as a ticketed event from June 15 to June 30 on the company’s YouTube channel. OCM’s retelling, which includes narration by former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, employs traditional theatrical elements alongside modern technology, {…}

Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review – Candide: Erin Morley, Paul Appleby, John Lithgow & Patricia Racette Charm In Celebration To Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein is the composer’s seminal theatrical work, a work that has suddenly become ever-present around the United States. Almost every major company or concert hall has mounted some iteration of the work in the last year or so to celebrate the composer’s centennial birthday. And this was the case at the legendary Carnegi Hall, which held a benefit concert {…}