Performed in the original Hungarian and German with Czech and English subtitles
An opera thriller on the stage of the Janáček Theatre! An Opera Göteborg production with the exceptional Katarina Karnéus, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, wonderfully directed by David Radok.
What is Bluebeard hiding behind those seven mysterious doors? Where does human curiosity lead to? Suspense, the conflict between the desire to know and the fear of discovery, uncertainty right up until the last moment. All of this is underpinned by David Radok’s excellent directing and the incredible music requiring large orchestral forces. Bluebeard’s Castle from 1911, which perfectly reflects the Freudian atmosphere of the age, is a unique piece, and not only in the context of Bartok’s work. Its partner piece will be a one-act opera from another musical giant of the 20th century. Schoenberg wrote of his work that: “In Expectation the aim is to gradually depict everything that can happen in a single second of maximum spiritual excitement.” Come along if you are looking for answers in art! Because what is a happy ending anyway?
In a coproduction with the Göteborg Opera
Premiere: 15th October 2016, Janáček Theatre
In the night a woman is searching for her beloved in the forest and in the end finds him dead. Bluebeard and Judith arrive at the castle. She is fascinated by his air of mystery and wants to marry him despite his frightening reputation. She enters the dark castle and the doors close behind her. There are seven locked doors in the castle hall. Judith believes that her love can transform this inhospitable place. She confesses her love for the castle’s lord and asks him to open the first locked door. He defends himself: “love me and don’t ask any questions”. But he then gives in in the face of her persistence and opens the doors ….
Although Schönberg’s first stage work Expectation and Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle based on Perrault’s tale Bluebeard were created independently of each other, they are linked by the same psychological themes – expectation, hope and fear, which in the end grow into horrified realisation. David Radok made use of this in his production and linked both operas into a single whole. The premier is part of the festival Janáček Brno 2016.