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Iván Fischer © Jennifer Taylor
New York City

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra deliver astonishing Bartók at Carnegie Hall

By , 06 April 2019
*****
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Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

By , 28 January 2019
****1
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Gábor Bretz © Rosellina Garbo
Palermo

Inevitable solitude in the Ricci/Forte's new diptych at the Teatro Massimo

By , 18 November 2018
****1
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András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
New York City

Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

By , 01 November 2018
****1
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Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Dublin

Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle in Dublin

By , 12 October 2018
****1
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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 10 February 2018
*****
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Rinat Shaham (Judith) © Tracey Whitefoot
Manchester

A sinister Bluebeard's Castle from the NYOGB

By , 05 January 2018
*****
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Adrienn Miksch (Judith) and Bálint Szabó (Szabo) © Anett Kállay-Tóth
London

Tainted Love: a passionate Hungarian double bill in Hackney

By , 19 September 2017
*****
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Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © Ian Douglas
London

Splendour falls on castle walls: authoritative Bartók from the Budapest Festival Orchestra

By , 23 May 2017
****1
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Karen Cargill (Judith) © Mihaela Bodlovic
Glasgow

What’s behind Bluebeard’s 8th door? Chilling double bill from Scottish Opera

By , 01 April 2017
***11
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Marco Borggreve
Philadelphia

Brilliant double bill of Swan Lake and Bluebeard's Castle in Philadelphia

By , 03 March 2017
****1
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Angela Denoke (Nina) and Sergei Leiferkus (Tito) © Monika Rittershaus
Hamburg

Eötvös' Senza Sangue: at last, a real partner for Bluebeard's Castle

By , 06 November 2016
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Ildikó Komlósi, Charles Dutoit, Matthias Goerne and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
Boston

The Odd Couple: Charles Dutoit presents Mozart and Bartók with the Boston Symphony

By , 28 October 2016
****1
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Anders Lorentzson (Bluebeard), Katarina Giotas (Judith) © Janáčkova opera NdB / Marek Olbrzymek
Brno

Outstanding Bluebeard in Brno, but Erwartung disappoints

By , 16 October 2016
****1
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Andrea Szántó and Gábor Bretz in Duke Blackbeard's Castle © János Posztós, CAFe Budapest
Budapest

Bartók double bill at Müpa: Bluebeard’s Castle in its uncontrived, uncontaminated, original glory!

By , 07 October 2016
*****
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Ildikó Komlósi and Charles Dutoit © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 25: Behind closed doors: Poetic drama from Dutoit in Bluebeard's Castle

By , 03 August 2016
****1
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Victoria Jaiani (Young Woman) in The Miraculous Mandarin © The Cleveland Orchestra | Roger Mastroianni
Cleveland

A darkly dramatic Bartók double bill in Cleveland

By , 07 April 2016
****1
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Barbara Hannigan (Elle) and Claude Bardouil (Lui) © Bernd Uhlig | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Wild dialogues: Bluebeard's Castle and La Voix humaine at the Palais Garnier

By , 23 November 2015
****1
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Adelaide

Solving mysteries: a successful marriage of Il segreto di Susanna and Bluebeard’s Castle in Adelaide

By , 17 April 2015
****1
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New York City

From darkness to light and back again: Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle at The Met

By , 29 January 2015
****1
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London

Far more than a fairy tale: Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle at the Royal Festival Hall

By , 27 January 2015
****1
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Los Angeles

Rare Dido and Bluebeard double bill an odd dichotomy

By , 25 October 2014
**111
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Birmingham

Goose pimples and grisly secrets: A thrilling Bluebeard's Castle

By , 02 July 2014
*****
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Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Festival: Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard's Castle

By , 24 August 2013
*****
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Jukka-Pekka Saraste © Felix Broede
Cologne

Musik ohne Dialog: eine Begegnung von Schirach und Bartók in der Kölner Philharmonie

By , 13 April 2019
***11
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Gábor Káli et le Budapest Festival Orchestra © Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Daniel Dittus
Paris

L'éloquence de Bartók : le Budapest Festival Orchestra à la Philharmonie

By , 31 March 2019
*****
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Ildikó Komlósi, Gábor Káli und Krisztián Cser © Daniel Dittus
Hamburg

Musikalische Ekstase auf Ungarisch: das Budapest Festival Orchestra in der Elbphilharmonie

By , 26 March 2019
****1
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Daniel Harding © Julian Hargreaves
Brussels

Verstörend schöne Klänge des Concertgebouw-Orchesters in Brüssel

By , 08 December 2018
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Falk Struckmann (Blaubart) und Claudia Mahnke (Judith) © Matthias Baus
Stuttgart

Ausflug in die Unterwelt: Béla Bartóks Herzog Blaubarts Burg im Stuttgarter Paketpostamt

By , 02 November 2018
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Ante Jerkunica (Barbe-Bleue), Nora Gubisch (Judit) © C. De Keersmaecker
Brussels

Bartók à La Monnaie : Barbe-Bleue sublime, Mandarin curieux

By , 08 June 2018
****1
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Barbara Hannigan (Elle) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Sexe, mensonges et vidéo : le diptyque Barbe-Bleue – La Voix Humaine séduit toujours Garnier

By , 17 March 2018
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© Ian Douglas
Bruges

Quand la vérité surgit dans l’art : Iván Fischer dévoile Le Château de Barbe-Bleue de Bartók

By , 18 May 2017
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Matthias Pintscher © Felix Broede
Paris

Musique d’Europe centrale à la Philharmonie avec l’Orchestre du CNSDP : une soirée hautement prometteuse

By , 28 January 2017
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Gil Shaham © Luke Ratray
Lyon

Le poétique Gil Shaham triomphe à l'Auditorium de Lyon

By , 28 January 2016
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Levent Bakirci (Le Prisonnier) © Patrice Nin
Toulouse

L’espoir illusoire au programme de la rentrée lyrique du Capitole

By , 04 October 2015
****1
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