Bluebeard’s Castle

October 2022

Composer: Béla Bartók
Librettist: Béla Balázs
English Adaptation: Daisy Evans
Premiere: May 24, 1918, Royal Hungarian Opera House, Budapest, Hungary

Bartok’s riveting one-act opera is given new life in this production from England’s Theatre of Sound. In a departure from the original folktale, a husband and wife deal with the implications of dementia. Instead of doors masking Bluebeard’s true soul, the audience encounters Judith’s fraught relationship with her memories and its effect on her husband.

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Béla Bartók


Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hungary’s greatest composers (Gillies 2001). Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.

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