Ballet & Dance

Opera in 1 Act (Sung in German with Japanese Supertitles)

Libretto by : Béla Balázs
Music by : Béla Bartók
Artistic Director : Kiyoshi Igarashi
Conductor : Taijiro Iimori
Stage Director : Götz Friedrich
Scenery : Hans Schavernoch
Lighting Designer : Olaf-Siegfried Stolzfuß
Costume Designer : Lore Haas-Jelusic
Assistant Stage Directors : Saskia Kuhlmann / Yasuko Sawada
Stage Manager : Masahiko Onita
Assistant Conductors : Katsuhiko Abe / Jun Fujimoto
Orchestra : The Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra
Presented by : Agency for Cultural Affairs / New National Theatre, Tokyo

  Fr. 24 Sun. 26 Mon. 27 Wed. 29
Duke Bluebeard Richard Cowan X   X X
Satoru Aoto   X    
Judith Kristine Ciesinski X   X X
Misako Watanabe   X    
Prologue Tadahiko Hirano X X X X

November, 2000 Friday 24 Sunday 26 Monday 27 Wednesday 29
3:00pm   X    
7:00pm X   X X
The theatre opens 60 minutes before the curtain rises.

Type Seat S Seat A Seat B
Price ¥10,500 ¥6,300 ¥3,150
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm)
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and a part of Ticket Pia Offices.

BLUEBEARD'S CASTLEBartók's only opera is a mysterious and fantastic drama of light and shade.
Béla Bartók (1881-1945), one of the composers that represent the 20th century, left masterpieces, including "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" and piano concertos, which are filled with sharp tension. But he wrote only three pieces of theatre music and of these, "Bluebeard's Castle" is his only operatic work. Though there are only two characters in this drama apart from a Prologue, and it takes only one hour to perform the entire work, the elaborate and well-defined music that is characteristic of Bartók fills the one hour performance. This is a work in which a stage director can fully display his/her abilities. We hope you will enjoy an illusion of dreams and realities as produced by Götz Friedrich, a leading figure in German operatic circles.
Judith, who visits Duke Bluebeard's old castle, earnestly begs him to open seven mysterious doors one by one. A torture room, armory, treasure room, flower garden, and other unexpected scenes continue to appear. When the last door is finally opened, the three wives of Duke Bluebeard emerge from the door and Judith is filled with awe at their beauty. Duke Bluebeard dresses Judith with fabulous jewels and receives her as his fourth wife. Fascinated, Judith disappears through the seventh door.