★★★★ “Awfully compelling.” –The Guardian
★★★★ Bluebeard’s Castle “builds a subtle, slow-burning dramatic momentum towards an unforgettable visual climax.Experience it for yourself.” –The Telegraph
“A master-stroke. I was frozen to my bones by this psycho-drama… The director has ripped from the pages of modern newspapers one of the most vital questions of today, which is just how far and appallingly men will go to define and license their own desires.” –The Arts Desk
“Enthralling. Béla Bartók’s score is ravishing.” –The Observer
The legend of Bluebeard’s Castle has never been more ravaging or ravishing than in the hands of provocative director Daniel Kramer, known to St. Ann’s Warehouse audiences for his staggeringly inventive production of Woyzeck. In Béla Bartók’s only opera, Judith, passionately, obsessively in love with Bluebeard, renounces her rosy past to follow him into the haunting, menacing depths of his castle. When they arrive at seven locked doors, Judith’s curiosity cannot be satiated and she begs and pleads for a glimpse at the secrets lying behind them.
Then, the game begins… and unthinkable surprises, seductions and unforgettable images erupt. Performed with smoldering intensity by New York City Opera's impressive 73-piece orchestra, dare yourself to watch this gripping opera within the depths of St. Ann's intimate warehouse, temporarily on loan to Duke Bluebeard and his special guests.
Bluebeard’s Castle will be sung in Hungarian with English subtitles. This production contains strong adult themes and violence. Recommended for audiences aged 16+. If you have any questions regarding the content of this show, pleaseEMILY@STANNSWAREHOUSE.ORG .
BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Cast & Creative
Music by Béla Bartók | Libretto by Béla Balázs
Conducted by Jayce Ogren | Directed by Daniel Kramer
A collaboration between New York City Opera, St. Ann's Warehouse and ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA