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At the San Carlo Theater in Naples, Bluebeard by Bartók and The Human Voice by Poulenc, a diptych directed by Warlikowski
On the podium Edward Gardner, protagonists Elīna Garanča and Barbara Hannigan
Organized by: San Carlo Theater Foundation

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“ Season 2023 +-24 | Opera "
The diptych that unites 'Bluebeard's Castle' from Béla Bartók is 'The human voice' from Francis Poulenc debuts at theater St Carlo of Naples, where it will be on stage from 24 to 30 May 2024 for four performances. 

Produced byParis Opera and from Royal Theater of Madrid, the show is signed by the Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Biennale Teatro in 2021, for the first time at the Neapolitan Lirico. Edward Gardner returns to the podium to conduct the San Carlo Theater Orchestra.

The sets and costumes are by Małgorzata Szczęśniak, the dramaturgy of Christian Longchamp, the lights of Happy Ross, taken from Sofia Alexiadou; Denis Guégin sign the video, Claude Bardouil the choreography.

Bluebeard's Castle, one-act play by Bartók with a libretto by Béla Balázs, features protagonists John Relyea, in the role of the Duke, ed Elyna Garanča who will play Judith, his wife, for the first time. Rewritten in a psychological and symbolist key, the literary antecedent of the only work written by the Hungarian composer is twofold: the fairy tale The Blue Beard of Charles Perrault and the drama Ariane and Barbe Bleue of Maurice Maeterlinck.

Barbara Hannigan it is, instead, Elle (She), the nameless woman protagonist of the tragédie-lyrique of Francis Poulenc born from the play of the same name by Jean Cocteau. The monologue takes place on the telephone with Him, a silent role, on the other end: He interprets it Joseph Ciccarelli.

A hiatus of about fifty years separates the two works: Bartók composed Bluebeard's Castle in 1911, Poulenc wrote The Human Voice in 1958. The two works appear absolutely distant in terms of subject matter, language and context. Yet, in Warlikowski's rereading, they flow fluidly into each other, without interruption. They find a space for sharing in the primary role played by the characters absent on stage, in the solitude, oppression and restlessness of the deepest torments. «Yes, they are two worlds that are difficult to connect – comments the director Krzysztof Warlikowski -, two very modern stories of two women who are victims of their partners. I tried to build a bridge between the two by creating an installation with a single stage system, an exciting challenge because together, one after the other, the works become a single show".


(Photocredit: Elina Elīna Garanča, © Harald Hoffmann/DG| Barbara Hannigan, © Marco Borggreve)  
At the San Carlo Theater in Naples, Bluebeard by Bartók and The Human Voice by Poulenc, a diptych directed by Warlikowski


Director | Edward Gardner
Direction | Krzysztof Warlikowski

Scenes and Costumes | Małgorzata Szczęśniak
Lights | Happy Ross
Video | Denis Guéguin
Choreography | Claude Bardouil

Bluebeard's Castle
Duke Bluebeard | John Relyea
Judith | Elīna Garanča


The human voice
Elle | Barbara Hannigan
Him (silent role) | Giuseppe Ciccarelli

♭ debut at the Teatro di San Carlo

Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo

Production of the Opéra of Paris and the Teatro Real of Madrid


Bluebeard's Castle
Opera in one act
Music by Béla Bartók

Booklet of Béla Balázs taken from the fairy tale 'Barbe Bleue' by Charles Perrault and from the drama Ariane et Barbe-bleue by Maurice Maeterlinck


The human voice
Tragédie lyrique in one act
Music by Francis Poulenc

Booklet of Jean Cocteau from the play of the same name


24 May 2024 at 8pm 'before'
reruns May 26th at 5pm
May 28th at 9pm | May 30th at 8pm

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