le château de barbe-bleue /​ la voix humaine

Béla Bartók / Francis Poulenc

Palais Garnier - from 17 March to 11 April 2018

Bluebeard's castle

Opera in one act (1918)

Music
Béla Bartók
Libretto
Béla Balazs
Conductor
Ingo Metzmacher
Director
Krzysztof Warlikowski
Le Duc Barbe-Bleue
John Relyea
Judith
Ekaterina Gubanova

La Voix humaine

Tragédie lyrique in one act

Music
Francis Poulenc
Libretto
Jean Cocteau
Conductor
Ingo Metzmacher
Director
Krzysztof Warlikowski
Elle
Barbara Hannigan
Set design
Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Costume design
Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lighting design
Felice Ross
Video
Denis Guéguin
Choreography
Claude Bardouil
Dramaturgy
Christian Longchamp

Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
Coproduction avec le Teatro Real, Madrid

French and English surtitles

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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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