DIDO AND AENEAS / HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG
Revivals

DIDO AND AENEAS / HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG
Henry Purcell / Béla Bartók
1659 - 1695 / 1881 - 1945
Dido and Aeneas
Opera in five scenes with epilogue ׀ Libretto by Nahum Tate after Virgil
First performed April 1689, Josias Priest’s School for Young Gentlewomen, London

Herzog Blaubarts Burg
Opera in one act ׀ Libretto by Béla Balázs
First performed May 24th 1918, Royal Opera House, Budapest

Dido and Aeneas sung in English, Herzog Blaubarts Burg in Hungarian, both pieces with German surtitles
Duration: c. 2 hrs. 45 min. incl. one interval

About the Piece

Queen Dido is restricted to the small world of her court in Carthage. Her feelings for the unknown hero Aeneas can no longer be surpressed. After a few hours of happiness merciless fate is fulfilled. Aeneas leaves Carthage in compliance with the gods. Dido dies, alone.
   The Bluebeard myth has found many variations in art, music and literature. Béla Balázs lent it a symbolic, psychological meaning which was matched by Béla Bartók’s incredible score. The struggle between Judith and Bluebeard’s attractive and repulsive powers takes place deep within their very bodies. A gripping, intimate work. Judith is determined to bring light into Bluebeard’s dark castle. Despite his resistence she manages to unlock one door after another. When, finally, the last has been opened all the beauty and cruelty in Bluebeard is laid bare. The tension created by the contrasting nature of these two works culminates in a staggeringly powerful evening of opera.


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Performances

Saturday 25.05.2013

Further performances:
31.05.2013  | 08.06.2013  |
20.06.2013

Cast

Conductor
Steven Sloane
Director
Barrie Kosky
Assistant for the Revival
Ute M. Engelhardt
Set and Costume Designer
Katrin Lea Tag
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy
Chorus Master (Dido and Aeneas)
Matthias Köhler

Dido and Aeneas

Dido
Sharon Carty
Belinda
Kateryna Kasper *
Second Woman
Elizabeth Reiter
Sorceress
Martin Wölfel
First Witch
Dmitry Egorov
Second Witch
Roland Schneider
Spirit / Sailor
Peter Marsh
Aeneas
Sebastian Geyer

Herzog Blaubarts Burg

Blaubart
Simon Bailey
Judith
Michaela Schuster
Kinderstimme
Benedek Salgo

Chorus and Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt


* member of the Opera Studio

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