Bluebeards Castle

During the Muziekzomer Gelderland from July 29th to August 14th 2022, Antony Hermus conducts the NJO in the opera Bluebeard's Castle. The piece will be played in the Melkfabriek in Arnhem with stage direction by Kenza Koutchoukali. More information will be announced on this page.

Bluebeard and Judith are newly wedded and arrive together in Bluebeard's dark castle for the first time. Judith demands the door in the castle are opened to let the light in. At first, Bluebeard refuses, but Judith insists and one by one, she opens the doors.

The Hungarian composer Béla Bartók based the story of this opera Charles Perrault's tale of the same name. The opera exists of one act and there are only two singing characters, but the story has more dimensions than the folktale and touches on social themes still relevant today.


Nationaal Jeugdorkest
Musical direction: Antony Hermus

Stage direction: Kenza Koutchoukali
Lighting design: Teus van der Stelt

Bluebeard: Marc Pantus
Judith: Barbara Kozelj

Béla Bartók Bluebeard's Castle


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