LEONARD BERNSTEIN (concert version)

100 years of Bernstein (West Side Story): his most 'enlightened' operetta, conducted by John Demain

The Liceu has chosen to mark the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein (1918- 1990) by billing his comic operetta Candide for the first time. It was inspired by the famous novella by Voltaire, one of the foremost French Enlightenment philosophers. Though a prey to constant misfortune, Candide resolutely maintains that we live in the best of all possible worlds. For the purposes of the operetta, premiered in 1956, the tale of Candide was adapted to a format akin to musical comedy. Bernstein offers us a fresh, spontaneous score, with occasional parodies of 18thcentury airs, and consistently displays his undeniable musical savoir-faire. Meghan Picerno will made her debut at the Liceu in the role of Cunegonde, one of the most daunting challenges for a light lyric soprano because of its demanding coloratura aria, the famous “Glitter and be Gay”.


Comic operetta in two acts. Libretto by Hugh Wheeler inspired by the famous novella by Voltaire. World premiere: 29/10/1956 at the Martin Beck Theater in New York. First Barcelona performance: 11/04/1996 at the Teatre Romea. First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Artistic profile

John DeMain
Translation of texts
Salvador Oliva
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


Dr. Pangloss / MartinKevin Burdette
CandidePaul Appleby
CunegondeMeghan Picerno
Maximilian / CaptainJosep-Ramon Olivé
Old LadyDoris Soffel
PaquetteInés Moraleda
Governor / Vanderdendur / RagotskiChris Merritt
NarratorJordi Boixaderas

Cast change

  • Soprano Meghan Picerno will made her debut at the Liceu in the role of Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide next season replacing Kathryn Lewek, who has been forced to cancel her participation due to pregnancy.

October 2018

18Thursday20:00Turn PAFee 6
20Saturday20:00Turn PBFee 6

Approximate running time 2h 45m


Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.