A NEW CO-PRODUCTION WITH VANISHING POINT
Supported by H R Creswick Charitable Trust, PRS Foundation for Music & Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle
Bartók’s beautiful, mysterious opera is directed by Matthew Lenton, founder of genre-busting stage creators Vanishing Point. It is staged alongside The 8th Door, a new work Lenton has created with Scottish Opera Composer in Residence Lliam Paterson, delving further into Bluebeard’s secretive world to create an ambitious double bill that is set to enthral and intrigue.
Bluebeard’s Castle is a tale of mystery, obsession, murder and infatuation, to which Lenton brings a disturbing dose of contemporary resonance. From the spine-tingling to the truly unsettling, Bartók’s music contrasts the intimacy of just two singers with one of the richest orchestrations in opera. Internationally acclaimed singers Karen Cargill and Robert Hayward bring the characters to life.
'Bluebeard was very innovative for its day; what better way to complement it than to create an equally ground-breaking piece for our own era.' Matthew Lenton & Lliam Paterson
Inspired by Bartók’s great masterpiece, The 8th Door probes those things left unsaid – the spaces and silences in Bluebeard’s Castle. Performed by a cast of actors from around the globe, it holds up a mirror to the world of Bluebeard, weaving together the poetry of his Hungarian contemporaries and Paterson’s clear and vibrant music. Six singers join the orchestra in the pit, delivering a wealth of textures and sounds to a strikingly beautiful visual story of love and confusion.
Sung in Hungarian with English supertitles
Running time approx. 2 hrs
PLAYLIST Credits for Prologue & Opening Credits for First Door (The Torture Chamber) Credits for Third Door (The Treasury) Credits for Fifth Door (Bluebeard’s Kingdom) Credits for Sixth Door (Tears)
Prologue & Opening Download Prologue & Opening
First Door (The Torture Chamber) Download First Door (The Torture Chamber)
Third Door (The Treasury) Download Third Door (The Treasury)
Fifth Door (Bluebeard’s Kingdom) Download Fifth Door (Bluebeard’s Kingdom)
Sixth Door (Tears) Download Sixth Door (Tears)
Cast & Creative Team
Trailer: Bluebeard's Castle & The 8th Door
What is Bluebeard's Castle & The 8th Door?
Opening the 8th Door
In Conversation: Developing Bluebeard's Castle & The 8th Door
What the audience thought: Bluebeard's Castle & The 8th Door