Can­dide canned

Townsville Bulletin - - Who’swho -

MI­LAN’S

La Scala opera house has de­cided to pull Leonard Bern­stein’s Can­dide fromits 2006-07 pro­gram.

The pro­duc­tion, di­rected by Cana­dian Robert Carsen, in­cluded ac­tors danc­ing drunk­enly on a pol­luted sea wear­ing masks of world lead­ers in­clud­ing US Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush, Bri­tain’s Tony Blair, Rus­sia’s Vladimir Putin and France’s Jac­ques Chirac.

But La Scala artis­tic di­rec­tor Stephane Liss­ner said that his ob­jec­tions were not due to the satir­i­cal scenes but were be­cause Carsen had in­serted large parts of his own text that were not part of Bern­stein’s orig­i­nal score.

The opera ‘was not in line with La Scala’s artis­tic pro­gram’, Liss­ner said.

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