Duke Bluebeard’s Castle / Erwartung

Opera. An evocative, frightening and challenging double-bill that delves deeply into the human psyche.

Enter at your own risk


Premiere 18 April 2015

8 performances up to and including 28 May.


Duke Bluebeard's Castle


An opera in one act by BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945)
Libretto by BÉLA BALÁZS.
Performed in Hungarian with Swedish surtitles.

The young Judith has just married the cheerless Duke Bluebeard. She wants to know everything about him. She is able to accomplish this by opening the castle's doors, which are actually different ways into his soul. The work has been described as a psychoanalysis in which both the patient and the psychiatrist are destroyed.

Foto: Peter Knutson
Katarina GiotasPeter Knutson
Anders Lorentzson
Anders LorentzsonCamilla Simonson

Erwartung


A monodrama in one act by ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951)
Libretto by MARIE PAPPENHEIM.

Performed in German with Swedish surtitles.

The woman in Schönberg's Erwartung (Expectation) wanders in a forest. She is driven by jealousy and is searching for her beloved. Suddenly she thinks she sees him dead. Who has murdered him? Did she do it herself? Or was it all a dream?

David Radok
David RadokIngmar Jernberg
Foto: Mats Bäcker
Katarina KarnéusMats Bäcker

Director David Radok takes on these two works, which will be linked to one another as a whole piece. For us, set designer Martin Chocholoušek most recently did the magnificent décor for Puccini's Turandot. Duke Bluebeard is interpreted by house bass Anders Lorentzson, while Katarina Giotas is returning as his Judith. As the woman in Erwartung, Katarina Karnéus has perhaps her greatest challenge to date.

Programme

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April 2015

Listen

Playing: "Adok Neked Három Kulcsot", Bluebeard's Castle

Recorded 1988 with Adam Fischer (cond.), Samuel Ramey, Eva Marton and the Hungarian State Orchestra. Copyright 1988 CBS Records Inc.

Information

DUKE BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, An opera in one act by BÉLA BARTÓK (1881-1945). ERWARTUNG, A monodrama in one act by ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG (1874-1951).

  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 18 Apr 2015
  • Last show: 28 May 2015
  • Location:

    Main Stage.

  • Length: 2 hours including 1 interval.

Conductor   Evan Rogister
Director   David Radok
Set Design   Martin Chocholoušek
Costume Design   Zuzana Jezková
Lighting Design   Torkel Blomkvist

DUKE BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE
Duke Bluebeard   Anders Lorentzson
Judith   Katarina Giotas
ERWARTUNG
Woman   Katarina Karnéus
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