Bluebeard's Castle
With Bach & Brahms

Bluebeard's Castle
With Bach & Brahms

Experience the 'musical volcano' of Bluebeard's Castle with vocal masterpieces by two beloved masters in a powerful and moving program.

Bluebeard's Castle makes a spectacular finale to the season. In this one-act opera the fairy tale becomes a vivid Expressionist psychodrama, as Bluebeard and Judith (the latest wife) enact the timeless struggle between the desire for intimacy and the fear of revealing our secrets. It resonates with visual and musical symbolism – the terror and richness of Bluebeard's domain, the opulent colours and the brilliant, blinding climax. Bartók opens doors to the soul, and David Robertson steps back in time to expand on the theme. In one of Bach's best-loved cantatas the soul makes peace with the world of suffering and embraces the hereafter. Brahms's beautiful Alto Rhapsody is the musical prayer of a solitary, anguished heart.

'...a musical volcano that erupts for 60 minutes of compressed tragedy and leaves us with only one desire: the desire to hear it again.'
(Zoltán Kodály on Bluebeard's Castle)

Join us for the pre-concert talk by David Garrett in the Northern Foyer 45 minutes before each performance.
This concert will conclude at approximately 10.05pm.

 

Unfortunately Andrew Foster-Williams, the originally advertised soloist in Bach’s Ich habe genug cantata, has had to withdraw from these concerts because of illness. We are grateful to David Greco for joining us at short notice, and to Pinchgut Opera with whom he is currently rehearsing.

 

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