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, {…}