One-act opera composed in 1911 but not performed until 1918 and set in a gloomy castle with seven locked doors. Judith and Bluebeard arrive at his castle, which is all dark. Bluebeard asks Judith if she wants to stay and even offers her an opportunity to leave, but she decides to stay. Judith insists that all the doors be opened, to allow light to enter into the forbidding interior, insisting further that her demands are based on her love for Bluebeard. Bluebeard refuses, saying that they are private places not to be explored by others, and asking Judith to love him but ask no questions. Judith persists, and eventually prevails over his resistance. Behind each door is a secret which finally overwhelms Judith.


Author: Bela Bartok
Lyrics: Bela Balazs
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Archive listings for Bluebeard's Castle

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Concert VersionCompany Orchestra of Opera North. Conductor Sian Edwards. Performer Christopher Purves. Performer Alice Coote.
30 Nov 19Town Hall, Leeds :: V0838583178
listing details L1087345423
28 Nov 19Town Hall, Huddersfield :: V1221494338
listing details L510202392


Company Scottish Opera. Director Matthew Lenton. Company Vanishing Point. Performer Karen Cargill. Performer Robert Hayward. Conductor Sian Edwards.
5 Apr 17 to 8 Apr 17Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L95138082
28 Mar 17 to 1 Apr 17Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
listing details L02131565302


A production of Bartok's dark and mysterious operatic masterpiece unlike any other. The audience follow Judith to discover the secrets and horrors behind the seven locked doors in Bluebeard's castle. Eight designers each create a space in this unique promenade production. Sung in English.Company English Pocket Opera Company. Company Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Director Paul Featherstone. Musical Director Will Carslake. Lighting Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson. Design Giorgina Germanou. Design Artemis Evlogimenou. Design Frances Cooper. Design Aai Ilo. Design Austeja Znaidauskaite. Design Florence Mein. Design Kate Auster. Design Mahana Louise Delacour. Performer Dominic Barrand (Bluebeard). Performer Simon Wilding (Bluebeard). Performer Anna Gregory (Judith). Performer Hannah Pedley (Judith).
17 Jan 12 to 21 Jan 12Platform Theatre, Inner London :: V1649072558
listing details L913100416


Performer Michelle DeYoung. Performer Laszlo Polgar. Conductor Pierre Boulez.
31 Aug 01Usher Hall, Edinburgh :: V0738357779
listing details L1915554936

Other listings

20 Mar 22Drayton Arms Theatre, Inner London :: V0952168700
listing details L1887736089

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