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BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE (A KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ HERCEG VÁRA) / PAGLIACCI

PREMIERE Béla Bartók / Ruggero Leoncavallo

Performance 04/07/2018  |  Opera by Béla Bartók / Drama by Ruggero Leoncavallo

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BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE (A KÉKSZAKÁLLÚ HERCEG VÁRA): Opera in one act by Akt Béla Bartók | Text by Béla Balázs | In Hungarian with German supertitles
PAGLIACCI:
Drama in two acts and a prologue | Text and music by Ruggero Leoncavallo | Revival | In Italian with German supertitles

Bluebeard’s inner wasteland manifests itself as an ­impregnable castle that Judith, Bluebeard’s wife, wants to warm with her love. But his innermost secrets are hidden behind seven mysterious doors. In this ­double bill, Bartók’s only opera is paired with ­Leoncavallo’s ­Pagliacci, which tells the story of Canio, an ­actor: his wife Nedda betrays him onstage as well as off. ­Neither ­Canio nor Bluebeard can find ­redemption and the chasm ­between the sexes remains equally ­unbridgeable. ­Solitude is all that remains.

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