A Hand of Bridge, opus 35, is a one-acter by Samuel Barber on a libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, and the shortest opera regularly performed: it lasts about nine minutes. Two unhappily married couples of the American upper-middle class are playing a hand of bridge, during which each character sings an arietta uncovering his/her inner desires. Bluebeard’s Castle (premiered in Budapest in 1918 after a row of rejections and remakes) counts as Bartók’s response to French musical impressionism, particularly to Paul Dukas’ treatment of the same subject as Ariane et Barbe-bleu (1907). The well-known horror tale about a serial woman-killer is given a happy end of sorts, inasmuch all the Duke’s wives survive in splendid seclusion within his mysterious castle.
Dinner buffet at the end of the Opera
Friday, January 17 at 7pm
Ticket 100€ (excluded Opera-ticket)
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