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Davies Symphony Hall
Between Hayes and Grove 201 Van Ness San Francisco, CA 94102
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Bartók's "Bluebeard's Castle"
26 ratings
4.3 average rating
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120 events
71 reviews
17 stars
attended Jun 21 2012

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

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15 events
14 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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34 events
11 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 22 2012

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

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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

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