A VISIT TO THE OSLO OPERA HOUSE, FOR BARTOK'S "BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE" -- FEBRUARY 13 --



OUR FINAL OUTING FOR THE TRIP -- THE OPERA HOUSE IS A FINE SPECIMEN OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE. THE SHOW "BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE IS A DARK AND CREEPY STORY OF BLUEBEARD AND HIS SEVEN WIVES. BY THE END OF THE SHOW WE LEARN THAT BLUEBEARD HAS MURDERED EVERY ONE OF THEM. (THEY ARE ALL NAMES "JUDITH".) THE OSLO PRODUCTION HAD AN INTERESTING VARIATION. AS A PRELUDE, A SOPRANO SOLOIST REPRESENTING ONE OF THE WIVES, SINGS LOVE SONGS BY ROBERT SCHUMANN, ACCOMPANIED BY A PIANIST. THERE IS ALSO A POSTLUDE (WE SKPPED IT, AS WE HAD TO RISE AT 4:45 AM FOR OUR FLIGHTS HOME) WITH MUSIC BY ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY. OPERA COLUMBUS PERFORMED THIS, WITH CHIHULY GLASS PIECES FORMING MUCH OF THE SET. IN THEIR VERSION THE LAST "JUDITH" MEETS HER END AND JOINS THE OTHERS. IN THE OLSO VERSION, SHE ESCAPES FROM BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

The first photo is from the WWW, by Glum Marias. The rest are original.



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