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THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL
Robert Carsen Reinvents CANDIDE

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THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL: ROBERT CARSEN REINVENTS CANDIDE

(Completion December 2019)

A feature-length cinéma vérité portrait of one of the world's greatest stage directors at work, shot over the course of a year. From his first sketches in pencil until opening night, we witness Carsen's creative processes as he adapts Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE, based on one of the greatest political satires of all time: Voltaire’s 18th century short novel, CANDIDE, OR OPTIMISM.

 

Robert Carsen's name is not well known to the general public, but he is revered by many of the heads of theaters, museums, and opera houses in North America and Europe. While Carsen’s primary focus is bringing an audacious, contemporary visual style to classical operas, his wide-ranging work ranges from KARL FOR EVER, a 2019 tribute to Karl Lagerfeld for the Grand Palais in Paris, to a cowboy show for Disneyland Paris which has been running for 25 years. His recent and up- coming works schedule can be seen at  https://www.operabase.com/a/robert- carsen/14779/en 

See also this May, 2019 interview with Robert Carsen in the New York Times

 

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