Few can use a work of fiction to satirize and dissect the social and political customs as efficiently as Voltaire. After Candide, Zadig is perhaps one of Voltaire's most celebrated works. Performed here by the smooth and authoritative Walter Covell, this is the story of a young man who, by most accounts, is a success. However, for reasons unknown to him, he is met with a streak of misfortunes. Listeners are sure to enjoy Voltaire's philosophical examination of the idea of destiny in this production of Zadig.
In the tradition of his very popular Candide, Zadig is what might be called a "philosophical tale". Zadig, a handsome young man with a fine education, is puzzled by the uncertainties of his destiny. He attains great success in government but is unsuccessful in love. Despite his wisdom and shrewdness, he meets with a number of misfortunes. The central question of the story is, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"