Bluebeard's Castle - Opéra national de Paris (2015) - Le Château de Barbe-Bleue - Opéra national de Paris (2015)

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New production, in coproduction with Teatro Real Madrid

Double performance with La Voix humaine in second part

Two dialogues which in reality are simply monologues. Because Judith, the sombre shadow-like fourth wife who appears “out of the heart of a star-studded night”, cannot be anything other than the wounded voice of Bluebeard’s subconscious, shut away in the windowless castle which is indissociable from his own psyche. And because She – but who is She and to whom is She speaking? – responds to the silence of the man who, at the other end of a broken telephone line, is perhaps not even there. Almost five decades separate the conception of Bluebeard’s Castle and that of La Voix humaine – even though Jean Cocteau’s stage play – used without adaptation in the libretto – in fact dates from 1930. In between lies half a century of profound soul-searching that saw the creation of Berg’s Wozzeck and then Lulu as well as Schonberg’s Moses und Aron. Nevertheless, the echo of Debussy’s Pelléas & Mélisande and his spoken-language-like prosody can be heard in the utterly different musical idioms of Bartok and Poulenc – the former composer propelled by the founding impetus of still infant Hungarian opera and the latter who, describing his monodrama as a lyric tragedy, traces its ancestry back to Lully. Working together for the first time, Esa-Pekka Salonen and K rzysztof Warlikowski lift “the veil of our eyelashes” to pierce the shadows in which the seventh door closes on a room overflowing with tears of blood. 

More information is available on the opera house's official website.

Schedule

November 20, 2015 19:30:00

November 23, 2015 19:30:00

November 27, 2015 19:30:00

November 29, 2015 14:30:00

December 02, 2015 19:30:00

December 04, 2015 19:30:00

December 06, 2015 19:30:00

December 08, 2015 19:30:00

December 10, 2015 20:30:00

December 12, 2015 19:30:00

Casting

Krzysztof Warlikowski

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Johannes Martin Kränzle

Ekaterina Gubanova

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Director

Conductor

A Kékszakállú herceg

Judit

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