Opera in one act
Libretto by Béla Balázs, English version by John Lloyd Davies, Prologue adapted for Opera North by Giles Havergal
Minstrel: 'Bluebeard's castle, a myth, a legend'
Bluebeard: 'Will you enter? Look around you'
Judith: 'Here I am in Bluebeard's castle'
Bluebeard: 'Tell me why you came here, Judith'
Judith: 'Ah! I can see seven doorways'
First Door - The Torture Chamber
Judith: 'Oh, I heard your castle sighing'
Bluebeard: 'What's there? What's there?'
Second Door - The Armoury
Bluebeard: What's there?'
Bluebeard: 'Trembling seizes all my castle'
Third Door - The Treasury
Judith: 'Glittering gold!'
Fourth Door - The Secret Garden
Judith: 'Oh! Lovely flowers! Oh! Beautiful scents'
Fifth Door - Bluebeard's Kingdom
Bluebeard: 'Look! Brightness has filled my castle'
Sixth Door - Tears
Judith: 'Silent tranquil peaceful waters. . .'
Bluebeard: 'My last door will stay unopened'
Judith: 'Tell me truly, tell me Bluebeard'
Judith: 'I know what's behind it Bluebeard'
Seventh Door - Bluebeard's Former Wives
Bluebeard: 'Look upon the other women'
Bluebeard: 'Daybreak - when I found the first one'
Bluebeard: 'Midnight - when I found the fourth floor'
John Tomlinson bass - Duke Bluebeard/Minstrel
Sally Burgess mezzo-soprano - Judith
5-6 June 2005