Candid

Daniela Bucșan
May 26, 2021

Candid

Candid is a comic operetta by Leonard Bernstein based on the satire of innocence, optimism and unexpected life lessons.

The music score of the legendary Leonard Bernstein is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Candid and his theatricality. With a text adapted by Hugh Wheeler and lyrical contributions by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, Candid is a masterpiece for centuries.

Candid is expelled from home, forcibly sent to the army, brought before the Inquisition, deprived of any wealth, shipwrecked on a desert island and always separated from his true love – Cunegonda. And she is followed by countless misfortunes, including – but not limited to – prostitution, forced marriage to a wealthy man, even slavery. However, they both try to remember the lessons of their dear tutor, Dr. Pangloss: “Everything is fine in the best of worlds.”

The elements of the original 1953 version – rewritten and redesigned – were added or modified in this new version to create a slightly reinvented version of the classic Candid, which also involves a significant female contribution. (Source- https://www.mtishows.com/candide-1999-version).

Turning with each page to the sad reality of the contradictions of a stagnant society, written with the subtle art of relentless sarcasm towards the rot of humanity and an outdated social order, Candid is not only the masterpiece of the philosophical novel, but also one of the great achievements of universal literature.

Cast

Musical conductor: Constantin Adrian Grigore/Alexandru Ilie

VOLTAIRE – Valentino Tiron
PANGLOSS – Marius Mitrofan/Anton Zidaru
CANDID – George Vârban/Dumitru Filip
CUNEGONDA – Daniela Bucșan/Miruna Dascălu
MAXIMILIAN – Teodor Vădana
PAQUETTE – Tina Munteanu/Mihaela Alexa
Old Lady – Cristina Trandafir/Gladiola Nițulescu-Lamatic
CACAMBO – Andrei Pleșca
MARTIN – Stefan Popov
GOVERNOR – Florin Budnaru
VANDERDENDUR – Mihai Urzicana/Daniel Madia
BARON THUNDER-DEN-TRONCK – Arnold Mack
BARONESS THUNDER-DEN-TRONCK – Ioana Băiașu/Ileana Lenghel
CORPORAL – Mihăiță Radu
CAPTAIN – Alin Țintea
SERGEANT – Alexandru Vasile
THE DUTCH PASTOR – Alexandru Onea
THE PASTOR’S WIFE – Irina Onea
IACOB ANABAPTIST – Victor Bucur
THE FRENCH OFFICER – Marian Chirazi
AMBASSADOR VIENZ – Relu Dobrin
DON ISSACAR – Marius Meragiu
THE GREAT INQUISTER – Daniel Andrei Găină
THE PORTUGUESE SAILOR – Alois Doboș
INQUISITORS – Răzvan Rusu, Mihăiță Radu, Bogdan Ardeleanu
INQUISITION AGENTS – Lorendi Rădulescu, Octavian Ștefănescu, Cătălin Cocheș
ADJUTANT – Mircea Crăciun
THE KING OF ELDORADO – Cătălin Petrescu
THE QUEEN OF ELDORADO – Raluca Ciocă
THE SLAVE FROM SURINAM – Daniel Andrei Găină
KING STANISLAUS – Marius Mitrofan/Anton Zidaru
TSAR IVAN – Florin Ganea
CHARLES EDWARD STEWART – Andrei Pleșca
THE GREAT SULTAN AHMET – Alexandru Vasile
THE KING HERMANN AUGUSTUS – Stefan Popov
THE KING THEODOR – Mihai Urzicana/Daniel Madia

In other roles: Carmen Anghel, Carmen Angheloiu, Cristina Georgescu, Ileana Lenghel, Monica Marin, Alina Mihăilescu, Corina Plopeanu, Aurelia Tudor, Adina-Mihaela Ciocoveanu, Cristina Popa, Alexandra Țurcan, Maria Baciu, Ioana Băiașiu, Claudia Deleanu, Meri Ferariu, Gabriela Popescu, Ana-Maria Racu, Georgeta Grigore, Andreea Teodorescu, Victor Bunea, George Matei, Mihai Andriescu, Lucian Luca, Bogdan Pelearcă, Radu Mihalache, Septimiu Urzică.

Ballet Cast: Eugenia Stoian, Andreea Bârzescu, Denisa Anastasiu, Sabina Ioniță, Camelia Ghiță, Oana Vâlceanu, Luminița Florescu, Alexandra Borîia, Relu Dobrin, Mircea Crăciun, Marian Chirazi, Ștefan Băloi, Andrei Ciobanu, Cosmin Vasile, Vlad Tențu, Vladimir Palamarciuc

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the National Theatre of Operetta and Musical “Ion Dacian”.

Musical conductor: Alexandru Ilie

VOLTAIRE – Valentino Tiron
PANGLOSS – Marius Mitrofan/Anton Zidaru
CANDID – George Vârban/Dumitru Filip
CUNEGONDA – Daniela Bucșan/Miruna Dascălu
MAXIMILIAN – Teodor Vădana
PAQUETTE – Tina Munteanu/Mihaela Alexa
Old Lady – Cristina Trandafir/Gladiola Nițulescu-Lamatic
CACAMBO – Andrei Pleșca
MARTIN – Stefan Popov
GOVERNOR – Florin Budnaru
VANDERDENDUR – Mihai Urzicana/Daniel Madia
BARON THUNDER-DEN-TRONCK – Arnold Mack
BARONESS THUNDER-DEN-TRONCK – Ioana Băiașu/Ileana Lenghel
CORPORAL – Mihăiță Radu
CAPTAIN – Alin Țintea
SERGEANT – Alexandru Vasile
THE DUTCH PASTOR – Alexandru Onea
THE PASTOR’S WIFE – Irina Onea
IACOB ANABAPTIST – Victor Bucur
THE FRENCH OFFICER – Marian Chirazi
AMBASSADOR VIENZ – Relu Dobrin
DON ISSACAR – Marius Meragiu
THE GREAT INQUISTER – Daniel Andrei Găină
THE PORTUGUESE SAILOR – Alois Doboș
INQUISITORS – Răzvan Rusu, Mihăiță Radu, Bogdan Ardeleanu
INQUISITION AGENTS – Lorendi Rădulescu, Octavian Ștefănescu, Cătălin Cocheș
ADJUTANT – Mircea Crăciun
THE KING OF ELDORADO – Cătălin Petrescu
THE QUEEN OF ELDORADO – Raluca Ciocă
THE SLAVE FROM SURINAM – Daniel Andrei Găină
KING STANISLAUS – Marius Mitrofan/Anton Zidaru
TSAR IVAN – Florin Ganea
CHARLES EDWARD STEWART – Andrei Pleșca
THE GREAT SULTAN AHMET – Alexandru Vasile
THE KING HERMANN AUGUSTUS – Stefan Popov
THE KING THEODOR – Mihai Urzicana/Daniel Madia

In other roles: Carmen Anghel, Carmen Angheloiu, Cristina Georgescu, Ileana Lenghel, Monica Marin, Alina Mihăilescu, Corina Plopeanu, Aurelia Tudor, Adina-Mihaela Ciocoveanu, Cristina Popa, Alexandra Țurcan, Maria Baciu, Ioana Băiașiu, Claudia Deleanu, Meri Ferariu, Gabriela Popescu, Ana-Maria Racu, Georgeta Grigore, Andreea Teodorescu, Victor Bunea, George Matei, Mihai Andriescu, Lucian Luca, Bogdan Pelearcă, Radu Mihalache, Septimiu Urzică.

Ballet Cast: Eugenia Stoian, Andreea Bârzescu, Denisa Anastasiu, Sabina Ioniță, Camelia Ghiță, Oana Vâlceanu, Luminița Florescu, Alexandra Borîia, Relu Dobrin, Mircea Crăciun, Marian Chirazi, Ștefan Băloi, Andrei Ciobanu, Cosmin Vasile, Vlad Tențu, Vladimir Palamarciuc

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the National Theatre of Operetta and Musical “Ion Dacian”.

Creative Team

Director: Andrei Munteanu
Set design: Cătălin Ionescu Arbore
Costumes: Unda Popp
Choreography: Bogdan Boantă, Andra Gheorghe
Chorus conductor: Aurel Muraru
Choreography assistants: Eugenia Stoian, Sorina Micșunescu

Music: Leonard Bernstein
Text adapted from Voltaire: Hugh Wheeler
New lyrics: John Caird
Lyrics: Richard Wilbur
Translation and adaptation of lyrics: Laura Ciochină-Carasevici and Dragoș Carasevici
In Romanian: Emil Mirasova and Carmen Pațac