If any book written before the dawn of the Broadway musical lends itself to adaptation into a Broadway musical, Voltaire's Candide does. It is funny enough in its own right that one only needs to set music to the text to get a slick and enjoyable musical comedy. In many instances, Leonard Bernstein and Hugh Wheeler do exactly that, quoting whole passages straight out of the book. Bernstein's music--which the orchestra performs excellently--parodies opera, Bach, the conventions of Broadway musicals, and a lot in between.
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Candide (operetta) - Wikipedia
Alas for me! Ah, 'twas not to be; Harsh necessity Brought me to this gilded cage. Born to higher things, Here I droop my wings, Ah! Singing of a sorrow nothing can assuage. And yet of course I rather like to revel, Ha ha!
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Candide is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire. This aria poses some difficulties. Technically, it is among the most fiendishly challenging coloratura soprano arias. If sung as written throughout alternative phrases are provided at several points in the score , there are three high E-flats above high C , two staccato and one sustained; there are also numerous uses of high C and D-flat. Some of the florid passages are very intricate, calling for marksmanship of the highest order.