Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Modern and flying the flag for liberty, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue by Paul Dukas turns Perrault's story into a true hymn to women’s liberation and discovering the truth. Terribly current.

Last updated date : 31/07/2020
Saturday 13 March 2021 at 8 pm. Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 8 pm. Friday 19 March 2021 at 8 pm. Sunday 21 March 2021 at 4 pm. Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 8 pm. From Thursday 25 to Friday 26 March 2021 at 8 pm. Saturday 27 March 2021 at 8 pm.
The Lyon Opera House Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon 1er

Synopsis
What is Bluebeard, accused by the crowd of having killed his first five wives, hiding? From the moment she arrives at his gloomy castle, Ariane, his new wife, is determined to discover her husband's secret. She ends up freeing his first five wives but they prefer captivity to freedom. Ariane, however, decides to take hers.

More than feminist
A pupil at the Paris Conservatory, Dukas, a friend of Debussy and former music critic, was a gifted and atypical musician, perhaps best known for The Sorcerer's Apprentice (immortalized by Disney in the film Fantasia). It was in 1907 that Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, his only opera, was successfully staged at the Opéra Comique, based on a text by Maurice Maeterlinck, who was also the librettist for Debussy - denounced by some as a somewhat too visible influence and with whom Dukas shared a similar taste in orchestration. In fact, Dukas adapts one of Wagner’s techniques, the leitmotiv, which allows him to depict his characters in the music, using his own language. Rich in tone and colour, this is very effective when it comes to making the listener feel the atmosphere in Bluebeard’s castle. Long forgotten, the work strikes a very contemporary chord: composed principally for women's roles, it is more than simply feminist, posing the question of freedom as a universal concept.

Opéra de Paul Dukas - Mise en scène : Àlex Ollé/ La Fura dels Baus - Direction musicale : Lothar Koenigs

Orchestre, choeurs et Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon

Conte lyrique en trois actes,1907
Livret de Maurice Maeterlinck

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  • Saturday 13 March 2021 at 8 pm.

    Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 8 pm.

    Friday 19 March 2021 at 8 pm.

    Sunday 21 March 2021 at 4 pm.

    Tuesday 23 March 2021 at 8 pm.

    From Thursday 25 to Friday 26 March 2021 at 8 pm.

    Saturday 27 March 2021 at 8 pm.
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