Duke Bluebeard's Castle synopsis
Music by Béla Bartók
Libretto by Béla Balázs after the story by Charles Perrault
First performed: 1918
Bluebeard brings Judith home to his mighty castle. Judith, passionately, obsessively in love with Bluebeard, renounces her rosy past to be with him, to follow him; she descends into the depths of his kingdom. Here she encounters the seven doors made infamous by the rumours of Bluebeard's bloody past. Judith demands the keys to open every doorway. The game begins: torture, weapons, jewels, flowers, and unthinkable surprises, all dripping with guilty blood. But Judith's hunt for the truth cannot be satiated until the final door is opened. Judith sees the terrible truth and joins the legend of Duke Bluebeard's Castle.
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