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Work: Duke Bluebeard's Castle

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ComposerBartók, Béla (1881-1945)
Period20th century
Year1911
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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BudapestThree Works by Bartók

Three Works by Bartók
Bartók
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra; Ildikó Komlósi; Krisztián Cser; Dezsö Ránki; Jenő Koppándi

New York CityBluebeard's Castle

Bartók, Schoenberg
Jaap van Zweden; Bengt Gomér; Nina Stemme; Johannes Martin Kränzle; Katarina Karnéus; New York Philharmonic Orchestra

BrusselsSenza sangue & Duke Bluebeard's Castle (in concert)

Eötvös, Bartók
Peter Eötvös; Viktória Vizin; Jordan Shanahan; Gábor Bretz

BrugesSenza sangue & Duke Bluebeard's Castle (in concert)

Eötvös, Bartók
Peter Eötvös; Viktória Vizin; Jordan Shanahan; Gábor Bretz

BarcelonaEl castillo de Barbazul

El castillo de Barbazul
Brahms, Bartók, Dvořák
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Josep Pons; Rinat Shaham; Robert Bork
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Astonishing Bartók from the BFO at Carnegie Hall

Iván Fischer © Jennifer Taylor
In a program devoted to Béla Bartók, the visitors from Hungary conveyed both a distinct uniqueness of their heritage as well as a possibility of music as a tool for communication and understanding.
*****
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Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Mariusz Treliński's double bill pairing returns to the Metropolitan Opera with fine performances from Sonya Yoncheva and Gerald Finley in the leads. 
****1
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Inevitable solitude in the Ricci/Forte's new diptych

Gábor Bretz © Rosellina Garbo
Performing arts duo Ricci/Forte throw what feels like the entire directorial arsenal at this production.
****1
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Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Powerful and evocative imagery, both literal and implied, lingered on beyond the drop of the curtain.
****1
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Closed doors, but a musically stunning Bluebeard's Castle

Joshua Bloom (Bluebeard) and Paula Murrihy (Judith) © Pat Redmond
Joshua Bloom and Paula Murrihy excel in Irish National Opera's staging of Bartók's opera, although director Enda Walsh takes too many liberties with the libretto. 
****1
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