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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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SydneyDuke Bluebeard's Castle

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Andrea Molino; Andy Morton; Opera Australia; John Rayment; Priscilla Jackman; Carmen Topciu; Daniel Sumegi

MunichJudith

© Wilfried Hösl
Bartók
Oksana Lyniv; Katie Mitchell; Bavarian State Opera; Alex Eales; Sussie Juhlin-Wallén; Nina Stemme; John Lundgren

LyonLe Château de Barbe-BleueNew production

Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle
Titus Engel; Andrij Zholdak; Opéra de Lyon; Ève-Maud Hubeaux; Károly Szemerédy; Victoria Karkacheva; Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
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Astonishing double bill at New York Philharmonic

Nina Stemme in Bluebeard's Castle © Chris Lee
A semi-staged performance of the two early 20th-century modernist works at the New York Philharmonic featured excellent soloists, great production and an inspired orchestra led by Jaap van Zweden.
*****
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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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