The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceo hosted a new session of the Opera and Screen cycle, with the screening of the opera "Bluebeard's Castle" by Béla Bartók. The event featured an introduction by Antoni Colomer.
Premiere: Teatro de la Ópera de Budapest (1918)
Production: Metropolitan Opera House (2015)
Duration: 60 min.
Judith | Nadja Michael
Barbazul | Mikhail Petrenko
Musical Director | Valery Gergiev
Stage Director | Mariusz Trelinski
In Bluebeard's Castle, Judith, driven by a burning love, has followed Barbazul to her castle. He asks for and obtains from his beloved the keys of seven mysterious doors, and opens them one by one. Barbazul hands the keys to Judith, who urges him, with increasing hesitation; he wants to embrace her and through his love escape his past. However, Judith, because of her inclination for this strange man (who is actually the archetype of man), and perhaps for the eternal feminine desire to redeem him, also asks for the last key. And in this way he discovers in the seventh room the previous women of Barbazul: the lovers of his morning, his noon and his afternoon. While Barbazul puts on the star cloak and the night diadem, Judith stands in the line of her predecessors and Barbazul is left alone, in the dark.
The opera was composed in 1911, with music by Béla Bartók and libretto by Béla Balàzs, based on the short story La Barbe-Bleue by Charles Perrault. It was rejected in its first presentation, so it was released seven years later in Budapest. After a reception with very unequal opinions about the work (which did not sink too much in the public), it was renovated to be re-released in 1938, enjoying a resounding success.