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Senza sangue; Bluebeard's Castle

Venue: Erkel Theatre

1087 Budapest
II. János Pál pápa tér 30
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Composer: Péter Eötvös, Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók's one-act opera is an extraordinary and enigmatic work that, in terms of how it is interpreted and staged, poses an exciting challenge for directors, their creative teams and performers alike. Little wonder that it is such a popular work on opera schedules both in Hungary and abroad. Promising to be one of the most thrilling premieres of the “Around the Ring” Season is the new production of Bluebeard's Castle by internationally acclaimed director Kasper Holten. “To read, listen think and feel. The important thing is to avoid analysing it according to any preconception or always employing the same artistic style, but rather to develop a relationship with the work so I can completely understand what it is about it that fascinates me so much. Only then can I get started on the aesthetics, the concept and so for,” says Holten.


As part of the Bluebeard100 programme series, Eötvös' Senza sangue will be performed together with the premiere of the new production of Bluebeard's Castle, as the first piece for the evening, in a concert format based on Kasper Holten's directing of the work

Program details

Senza sangue

Conductor: Gergely Vajda / Péter Eötvös 
The man: Csaba Szegedi 
The woman: Andrea Meláth

Composer: Péter Eötvös 
Libretto based on Alessandro Baricco's novella of the same title by Mari Mezei

Bluebeard's Castle

Conductor: Péter Eötvös / Gergely Vajda 
Judit: Ildikó Komlósi 
Bluebeard: András Palerdi

Composer: Béla Bartók 
Librettist: Béla Balázs 
Director: Kasper Holten 
Set designer: Steffan Aarfing 
Dramaturg: Judit Kenesey

Erkel Theatre

Opened in 1911 originally, the Erkel Theatre is Hungary’s largest theatre building. Its history is intertwined with the golden age of Hungarian opera performance, with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Éva Marton and Grace Bumbry all having graced the stage of a building whose acoustics are considered the stuff of opera legend.

After being shuttered up for more than five years with its fate in doubt following closure in 2007, the Hungarian government last year provided 1.7 billion forints in grants for the theatre’s renewal, allowing the Hungarian State Opera to renovate the Erkel Theatre to a standard suitable for holding performances.

Much of the refurbishments took place behind the scenes, with soloist and shared dressing rooms and common areas refitted and expanded. In addition, the stage’s technical equipment has undergone significant modernisation, while the building’s service systems (water, plumbing, heating and ventilation) have also been brought up to date.

Audiences will now step into an auditorium with a completely new look, while every effort was made to ensure that the building's fantastic acoustic properties remained unchanged. A factor that will greatly increase comfort is the modern ventilation system installed in the seating area. Although the number of seats has been reduced from 1,935 to 1,819 by refitting the rows of seats for more comfort, the theatre nevertheless retains its rank as the highest capacity theatre in Hungary – and in Eastern Central Europe.

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