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Le Château de Barbe-Bleue /​ La Voix humaine

Palais Garnier - from 17 March to 11 April 2018

Le Château de Barbe-Bleue /​ La Voix humaine

Opera Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc

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Palais Garnier - from 17 March to 11 April 2018

1h55 no interval

Language : Hungarian / French

Surtitle : French / English

  • Opening night : 17 March

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In few words:

I like being afraid... with you - La Belle, la belle et la Bête, Jean Cocteau, 1946

Running through Bartók’s disenchanted tale, whose haunting music was initially condemned as unplayable, and the expression of despair in Poulenc’s monologue, the director Krzysztof Warlikowski perceives a shared dramatic thread, a shared feminine consciousness and a shared sense of imprisonment and suffocation: for the woman who penetrates the confines of Bluebeard’s castle and Elle, the woman who clings to a telephone conversation with a man as the only thing worth living for, are condemned to share the same fate. And this man she speaks to, does he really exist? Unless the director has interpreted Cocteau’s words to the letter and the telephone has become a “terrifying weapon that leaves no trace, makes no noise”…

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Podcast | Le Château de Barbe-Bleue / La Voix humaine - Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc

Media coverage

  • […] il faut aller explorer ce passionnant diptyque.

    Télérama, Sophie Bourdais
  • […] Une réussite de haut vol

    L’Obs
  • Dans le Poulenc, Barbara Hannigan, une fois de plus impressionnante de présence et d’intensité dramatique, incarne avec la violence voulue cette femme blessée que Warlikowski fait meurtrière.

    Les Echos, Philippe Venturini

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