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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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48 stars
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26 ratings
4.3 average rating
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107 events
61 reviews
15 stars
attended Jun 21 2012

It was very enjoyable and not too long....which is perfect for me

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13 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 21 2012

Enjoyed pre-performance talk, music, visuals and stage performances were all terrific. Also, seating was very good and provided nice sight lines to all performance areas, including reading text for one act Blubeard's Castle.

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7 stars
attended Jun 21 2012

The first section (Piano Concerto) was lovely and the second section (Bluebeard's Operetta) was really great with not only the great vocals of the Mezzo Soprano and Bass Baritone but the multi-media details (set,lighting,film). It was a great...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“DeYoung brought rich voices of enormous depth and an electric tension to the performance [of Duke Bluebeards Castle_].” —_Miami Herald


MTT conducts this semi-staged performance of the chilling and dark one-act opera, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Based on a 17th century folk tale, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is the first and only opera written by Hungarian composer Bartók, and is one of the great achievements of 20th Century music. The mysterious, psychological drama takes audiences on an eerie journey of the human subconscious. Specially designed multi-media projections, staging, and English captions help tell the tale of Duke Bluebeard’s inquisitive new wife Judith, as she searches behind the seven doors of Bluebeard’s castle to find torture chambers, bloody weapons, Bluebeard’s former wives, and more!  


  • * Michael Tilson Thomas  conductor

* Michelle DeYoung  mezzo-soprano (Judith)         

* Alan Held  bass-baritone (Bluebeard)  

* Jeremy Denk  piano

* Nick Hillel  director

* David Holmes  lighting design

* Adam Wiltshire  set design

* Souvenir  set construction

* Richard Slaney  producer      

* San Francisco Symphony

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas present more than 220 concerts each year from September through July in a variety of genres, with SFS musicians performing classical concerts, holiday favorites, summer pops events, free outdoor concerts, special series for families and children, plus presentations of visiting guest artists and orchestras from around the globe. The San Francisco Symphony also takes its unique style to audiences world-wide, touring nationally and internationally every year. The SFS is currently recording all the Mahler symphonies on its own media label and has recently launched Keeping Score, a national, multi-year, multi-media project bringing classical music to millions of Americans via TV, radio, the Internet and more.