Bluebeard100 - Iván Madarász: Prologue; Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle


One-act operas in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Béla Bartók's sole opera starts with a prose prologue, which the score calls for a character designated as the “Minstrel” to narrate. This is unquestionably an interesting artistic decision to have a character outside the storyline of Judith and Bluebeard recite directly to the audience, without musical accompaniment, five stanzas of philosophical bardic poetry, which has the effect of foreshadowing and establishing both the message and the atmosphere of the work. Many productions omit the prologue, even though it constitutes an integral part of the opera.
Iván Madarász's fifth opera, commissioned by the Hungarian State Opera, uses the text of Béla Balázs's unique introduction as its basis. On the second night of the Bluebeard100 programme series, Viktor Nagy's 1993 production of Bluebeard's Castle will be prefaced with the world premiere of the Kossuth Prize- and Ferenc Erkel Award-winning composer's newest work.

Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

In observance of Trianon Memorial Day, the performance will start with a brief commemoration.

Details

Location
Erkel Theatre
Date
June 4, 2018
Start time
19:00
End time
21:00

Prologue

Opera in one act, in concert performance, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
World premiere

Cast

Conductor
Ádám Medveczky
Judit
Adrienn Miksch
Bluebeard
István Kovács
Prologue
Péter Balczó

Credits

Composer
Iván Madarász
Libretto after Béla Balázs edited by
Iván Madarász
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Director and visual conception
Géza M. Tóth
Projected scenery
Kedd Animation Studio

Premiere
June 4, 2018

Bluebeard's Castle

Opera in one act, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Cast

Conductor
Ádám Medveczky
Judith
Gyöngyi Lukács
Bluebeard
András Palerdi

Credits

Librettist
Béla Balázs
Director
Viktor Nagy
Projected scenery
Ready By Wednesday
Costume designer
Rita Velich
Original set and costume designs supplemented by
Mónika Szelei
English surtitles
Péter Zollman

Premiere
June 4, 2018

Events

2018. June 04., Mon, 19:00