Sunday 27 August, 8.00pm at Edinburgh International Festival, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR
Groundbreaking new opera company Theatre of Sound presents a newly commissioned libretto of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, sung in English by two stellar casts performing in rotation. They’re accompanied by musicians from the Hebrides Ensemble playing a new chamber orchestration conducted by Stephen Higgins. This poignant production was awarded the Opera and Music Theatre Award at the 2023 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.
In a departure from the original folktale, director Daisy Evans reimagines the relationship between Bluebeard and Judith. Instead of ominous doors, a locked trunk sits in the living room. Judith begs for it to be opened, over and over again, and as it is, memories spill out – a wedding, a child, a family. This castle is not a dank, airless dungeon, but rather a happy home where Judith and Bluebeard have shared their most precious memories.
23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 August