Le Château de Barbe-Bleue / La Voix humaine - Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc - Opéra national de Paris

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    Bluebeard's Castle/​La Voix humaine

    Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc

    Palais Garnier - from 20 November to 12 December 2015

    Bernd Uhlig

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Bluebeard's Castle/​La Voix humaine

Palais Garnier - from 20 November to 12 December 2015

Bluebeard's Castle/​La Voix humaine

Opera Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc

Palais Garnier - from 20 November to 12 December 2015

1h55 no interval

Language : Hungarian / French


In few words:

"Beware, beware of my castle, beware of us both, Judith! - Bluebeard's Castle"

"If you did not love me and if you were clever, the telephone would become a terrible weapon that leaves no marks and makes no noise. - La Voix humaine"

Two dialogues which in reality are simply monologues. Because Judith, the sombre shadow-like fourth wife who appears “out of the heart of a star-studded night”, cannot be anything other than the wounded voice of Bluebeard’s subconscious, shut away in the windowless castle which is indissociable from his own psyche. And because She – but who is She and to whom is She speaking? – responds to the silence of the man who, at the other end of a broken telephone line, is perhaps not even there. Almost five decades separate the conception of Bluebeard’s Castle and that of La Voix humaine – even though Jean Cocteau’s stage play – used without adaptation in the libretto – in fact dates from 1930. In between lies half a century of profound soul-searching that saw the creation of Berg’s Wozzeck and then Lulu as well as Schönberg’s Moses und Aron. Nevertheless, the echo of Debussy’s Pelléas & Mélisande and his spoken-language-like prosody can be heard in the utterly different musical idioms of Bartók and Poulenc – the former composer propelled by the founding impetus of still infant Hungarian opera and the latter who, describing his monodrama as a lyric tragedy, traces its ancestry back to Lully. Working together for the first time, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Krzysztof Warlikowski lift “the veil of our eyelashes” to pierce the shadows in which the seventh door closes on a room overflowing with tears of blood.


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Le Château de Barbe-Bleue / La Voix Humaine - Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc

About the work


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  • With the support of AROP

This production will be recorded for television.

A coproduction by the Paris Opera, Telmondis and Mezzo with support from the CNC and directed by Stéphane Metge.
Broadcast live on Mezzo on 10 December and on France Musique at a later date.

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