Opera

Ariane
et
Barbe-Bleue

Dukas

28 January – 03 February 2022

– Oh! I see water trembling over our heads!... – No, no, it is the light searching for you!...ARIANE ET BARBE-BLEUE

It is a myth which has haunted the collective subconsciousness for centuries: the man who keeps women imprisoned in the depths of his castle. The man with the beard tinged with the blood of his victims. That man’s name has since become synonymous with one of Perrault’s tales: Bluebeard.

At the dawn of the 20th century, Dukas based his one and only opera around him. Set to Maeterlinck’s impassioned poetry, this musical tale includes an additional character: Ariadne, the heroine from the legend of Theseus, who helped lead the latter out of the labyrinth and vanquish the Minotaur. For Dukas, Ariadne becomes the luminous thread in Bluebeard’s Castle.

On entering into this maze of passageways, doors, cellars, and vaults, Ariadne has but one goal in mind: to open the last door to free the prisoners. But the light collides with the contradictions of the human soul. And in this subterranean world, where Bluebeard is conspicuous by his absence, the heroine will discover that freedom can be frightening.

The unprecedented musical substance and depth of Dukas’ score bears the mark of Wagner and Debussy. The song is constantly overwhelmed by the orchestra, just like that sombre castle, where the water trembles over our heads and threatens to engulf us.

After his iconoclastic Offenbach Report, Mikaël Serre returns to the Lorraine National Opera. The Franco-German director does nothing to conceal the tenebrous zones, mental labyrinths and other monsters that lie dormant inside us. Intent on storming Bluebeard’s Castle, he questions our need to be saved and the price at which we are ready to sacrifice our freedom.

Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, opera in three acts
First performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on May 10, 1907

New production Opéra national de Lorraine

Libretto
Maurine Maeterlinck

Music
Paul Dukas

 

Conductor

Jean-Marie Zeitouni

Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra national de Lorraine


Director

Mikaël Serre

Sets and costumes

Nina Wetzel

Video

Sébastien Dupouey

Lighting design

Michaël Wetzel

Director assistant

Elizabeth Calleo

Costumes assistant

Marie Brandt


Ariane

Catherine Hunold

Barbe-Bleue

Vincent Le Texier

The Nurse

Carole Wilson

Sélysette

Héloïse Mas

Ygraine

Clara Guillon

Mélisande

Samantha Louis-Jean

Bellangère

Tamara Bounazou

Alladine

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Calendar

  • Fri. 28 January 2022
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Sun. 30 January 2022
    15:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Tue. 01 February 2022
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine
  • Thu. 03 February 2022
    20:00
    Opéra national de Lorraine

The performance on Sunday 30 January at 3 p.m. offers a Sunday workshop.

Duration
2h with interval

Performed in french with subtitles
Open to all aged 10 and above

Conference 
1 hour before the start of the performance (free, upon presentation of ticket)

The Sound of Tomorrow
The price of freedom
An in-depth discussion focused on the season’s female characters: Pamina, Ariadne, Julie and Floria Tosca
Speaker Charlotte Ginot-Slacik
Saturday January 22 – 11 am
(Free event)

See also