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Candide

Leonard Bernstein
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Opera

27. 9. 2024 19:00–21:10
The New Stage

Leonard Bernstein

Candide

The famous American composer, conductor, and an avid promoter of music Leonard Bernstein is also the author of one opera and several musicals, of which the West Side Story, staged in Pilsen for the first time in May 2017, belongs to the best that has ever been created in this genre.

However, in the shadow of this opera unjustly remains Candide, based on Voltaire’s short story, in its first version in 1956 subtitled as a comic operetta and in the reworked version of 1974 as a musical. The first staging in our country was in 1980 in Brno, and in 2006 in the State Opera in Prague.

Candide, a naïve young man grows at his uncle’s, baron Thunder-ten-Tronckh’s chateau in Westfalia, where he is being raised and taught by the philosopher and scholar dr. Panglos, an avid supporter of an optimistic philosophy claiming we live in the best of all the worlds possible and that all what is happening is inevitable. When Candide falls in love with baron’s daughter he is expelled from the chateau and embarks on a long journey around the globe. From Westfalia in Germany he travels across many lands, experiences sea voyage and shipwrecking, gets lost in a South American rainforest… Wherever he sets foot he meets all sorts of evil caused by individuals, the society, and nature, but he eventually realizes that things are completely different and that everyone has their destiny fully in their hands.

The work is ingenuously composed: the philosophical theme is presented parallel with an emotional one. The plot, consisting of small episodes, holds together the theme of travelling, combined with the biography of the main character.

scene The New Stage
opening night 10. 6. 2023
length of performance 130 min
recommended age no age limit

Creators

Hudba:
Leonard Bernstein
Libreto:
Hugh Wheeler podle Voltaira
Texty písní:
Richard Wilbur
Další texty:
Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, Leonard Bernstein
Instrumentace:
Leonard Bernstein, Hershy Kay
Hudební dramaturgie a další instrumentace:
John Mauceri
Translation:
Ivan Vomáčka

Musical arrangement:
Jiří Štrunc
Conductors:
Jiří Petrdlík / Jiří Štrunc
Directed by:
Tomáš Ondřej Pilař
Stage Design:
Petr Vítek
Costume:
Eva Jiřikovská
Light design:
Daniel Tesař
Choreography:
Martin Šinták
Dramaturgical cooperation:
Tomáš Ondřej Pilař, Vojtěch Frank
Choirmaster:
Jakub Zicha
Asistent dirigenta:
Zdeněk Červinka
Assistant director:
Josef Doležal
Musical preparation:
Maxim Averkiev, Martin Marek
Jazykový poradce:
Becca Conviser
Prompter:
Viktorie Šimůnková
Stage manager:
Petra Kuldová Tolašová

Prersons and actors

Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin:
Lumír Olšovský
Candide:
Michal Bragagnolo / Richard Samek
Maximilián, Kapitán:
Jiří Hájek / Jakub Hliněnský
Guvernér, Vanderdendur, Ragotski:
Marek Žihla
Cunegonda:
Soňa Godarská / Doubravka Novotná
Stará dáma:
Jana Foff Tetourová / Venuše Zaoralová Dvořáková
Paquetta:
Zuzana Koś Kopřivová / Jana Piorecká
Inkvizitor I, Karel Eduard:
Roman Krebs / Jan Ondráček
Inkvizitor II, Král Stanislav:
Dominik Klapka / Dalibor Tolaš
Inkvizitor III, Car Ivan:
Jevhen Šokalo
Sultán Achmet, Ničema, Baron:
Jan Maria Hájek / Jan Ondráček
Velký Inkvizitor, Hermann Augustus:
Jiří Kubík / Martin Matoušek
Baronka:
Daria Guliaeva
Sbor opery DJKT, Orchestr opery DJKT, Balet DJKT

This production is presented by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.

  • Staged in English original (singing numbers) and Czech translation (spoken dialogues).
  • Please note that tobacco products are used in the production.
  • The production includes flashes of light and gunfire.
  • The length of the production is given including 1 intermission.

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