Ep. 10: Be Wary – Bartók and Bluebeard’s Castle

Bluebeard’s Castle’s haunting tale is just the surface of this psychological thriller, and while some modern productions don’t follow the original staging to a “t”, there are plenty of directors who jump at the chance to re-imagine this dark and sinister work. This episode will explore both the history behind Bartók’s only opera and all the creepy details that elevate this opera to horrific standards.

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Video of Bluebeard’s Castle (2015 Production): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_O7bRQlYdI&t=35s

Music for this episode:
Gravitated by Edgar Hopp
All Gathered by Spectacles Wallet and Watch
Trollmors vaggsång (Traditional Swedish Folk Song)
New Ambitions by Trevor Kowalski
Degrees of Separation by Trevor Kowalski

Sources for this episode:
The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tommasini
A History of Opera (Updated Edition) by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker