Dido and Aeneas Bluebeard's Castle - 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

2013-08-24 19:15 - 2013-08-25 22:00

Dido and Aeneas Bluebeard's Castle - 2013 Edinburgh International Festival

When: Sat-Sun 24-25 August, 2013 19:15
Where: Festival Theatre

Bluebeard's Castle


Desire, obsession and doomed love: Oper Frankfurt's striking double bill brings together two one-act operas separated by more than 200 years of musical history, yet united in their searing explorations of human relationships.

Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is a poignant masterpiece of early English opera that features some of the composer's most heartfelt music. After reluctantly falling in love with the warrior Aeneas as he travels home from the Trojan Wars, Dido is brutally rejected when he is later deceived into leaving her.

Bartók's hugely powerful opera Bluebeard's Castle depicts the tragic Judith obsessively opening a series of mysterious doors in her recently betrothed's castle to discover the fate of his former wives. In a sumptuous score, Bartók paints vivid musical pictures of the castle's sinister rooms, while also conveying the psychological subtleties of his two protagonists.

The daring, visually arresting productions by Australian director Barrie Kosky combine intimacy and grandeur, and conductor Constantinos Carydis leads an exceptional cast of acclaimed soloists.

Bluebeard's Castle

Performance details
Oper Frankfurt
Constantinos Carydis Conductor
Barrie Kosky Director
Katrin Lea Tag Stage and costume designer
Joachim Klein Lighting designer
Matthias Köhler Chorus master (Dido and Aeneas)
Zsolt Horpácsy Dramaturge


Dido and Aeneas
Henry Purcell
Libretto by Nahum Tate
After Virgil
Sung in English with English supertitles

Dido Paula Murrihy
Belinda Kateryna Kasper
Second woman Elizabeth Reiter
Sorceress Martin Wölfel
First Witch Dmitry Egorov
Second Witch Roland Schneider
Spirit Peter Marsh
Aeneas Sebastian Geyer
Sailor Peter Marsh


Bluebeard's Castle
Béla Bartók
Libretto by Béla Balázs
Sung in Hungarian with English supertitles

Bluebeard Robert Hayward
Judith Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
British Sign Language performance
Interpreter: Paul Whittaker OBE of 'Music and the Deaf'

Bluebeard's Castle

2013 Edinburgh International Festival(2013爱丁堡国际艺术节)
2013 Edinburgh International Festival will be held at 9 August to 1 September, the theme of this year's festival is "the collision between modern technology and classic" that inspired by the artists and the relation of innovation and technology of their age. 161 projects and events involving music, dance, drama, opera, visual arts, dialogue, forum and a music fireworks evening party will be presented by the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace in three weeks of the festival.


Tickets: £16 - £68
Tel: 0044-31-4732089
Add: 13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, Britain


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