This highly acclaimed film version of Béla Bartók's searing psychological opera, performed by Robert Lloyd and Elizabeth Laurence, won the 1989 Prix Italia Music Prize.
Béla Bartók's short opera, one of the composer's most impressive early works, tells the macabre legend of Duke Bluebeard, who brings his young wife Judith to live in his remote castle. The dramatic intensity increases as sinister secrets are gradually unveiled, bringing the opera to its haunting conclusion.
Sung in Hungarian, with subtitles available in English, French and German.
"Bartok’s lone opera, the masterpiece Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, comes to vivid life in this 1988 BBC film starring Robert Lloyd and Elizabeth Laurence, with Adam Fischer’s supple conducting of the London Philharmonic underscoring the riveting drama; Prokofiev’s first full-length opera, the psychological character study.” - Kevin Filipski, Times Square
Robert LloydElizabeth Laurence
Composer: Bela BartokLibretto: Bela Balazs
The London PhilharmonicConductor: Adam Fischer
Costume Designer: Anna BurumaDesigner: Bruce MacadieProducer: Dennis MarksVideo Director: Leslie Megahey
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