Livestream: Bluebeard’s Castle
Thursday 15 November
Following electrifying performances of Béla Bartók’s major orchestral works with the Orchestra, Edward Gardner turns to the composer’s one-act opera of 1918 in which much of the drama comes from the orchestra itself.
Watch the concert live on this page. The transmission starts at 19.25 on Thursday 15 November.
The gothic horror story of Duke Bluebeard drew music of huge imagination and deep impact from Bartók. As a beautiful woman named Judith enters the mysterious duke’s castle, she is shown images of vulgarity, beauty and sadness including a lake of tears and mountains of gold. But Judith’s experience becomes all too real as the fatal drama unfolds, and Bluebeard reveals the dark secrets of his past. After Haydn’s stormy Symphony No. 90, Edward Gardner plunges us into the unsettling but thrilling world of Bluebeard, from which no visitor returns alive.
Generously supported by Rika as, Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber.