Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle
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The last date listed for Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle was Saturday June 23, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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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 experience which made me wonder why I don't go to the Symphony more often.
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This was not just a concert, but more like a small opera. I'm not really a fan of opera, but this was one of the most memorable experiences I've had in a concert hall. Both musically and theatrically it was an astonishing performance. Highly...continued
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.