Opera Double Bill

Herzog Blaubarts Burg |
Die sieben Todsünden

Bluebeard's Castle | The Seven Deadly Sins
A Kékszakállú Herceg Vára
Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)
Sung in Hungarian, with German surtitles
Opera in one act
Libretto by Béla Balázs
First performance: 1918 in Budapest


Kurt Weill (1900 – 1950)
Sung in German, with surtitles
Satirical ballet chanté in seven scenes
Libretto by Bertolt Brecht
First performance: 1933 in Paris
In deutscher Sprache. Mit Übertiteln.
Th, 14.03.2019
Grosses Haus19:30

Bluebeard's Castle

In "Bluebeard's Castle", one is immediately captivated by the symbolically-charged fairytale material and Bartók's mighty impressionistic music. Combined with Judith's relentless questions, Bluebeard's puzzling and mysterious nature inexorably drives the couple to a bitter end. Behind each of the castle's seven doors awaits a new sound world, each new one surpassing the previous with expressive, glittering and - finally - cripplingly sad music.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Paradise and hell: are these still opposites today? Have the seven deadly sins not become normal modern codes of conduct? For seven years, Anna travels through seven cities. She must withstand seven sins: laziness, pride, anger, gluttony, lust, greed and envy. She must earn money and shun her own feelings and wishes, so that her family - musically represented by a male quartet (inclusive of Mother!) - can afford a little house. Reuniting once more after "Mahagonny", Brecht and Weill's 1993 Paris piece characterises and parodies the mechanisms of profit maximization - complete with chorale, waltz, blues, foxtrot and shimmy.


Herzog Blaubarts Burg

Conductor Philipp Pointner
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Designer Matthias Schaller, Susanne Füller
Costume Designer Susanne Füller
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc

Die sieben Todsünden

Conductor Philipp Pointner
Director Magdalena Weingut
Stage Designer Matthias Schaller
Costume Designer Katarzyna Szukszta
Lighting Designer Oliver Porst
Dramaturgy Regine Palmai


New Production | Premiere | RevivalGrosses Haus19:30