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During the Muziekzomer Gelderland from July 29th to August 14th 2022, Antony Hermus conducts the National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO) in the opera Bluebeard's Castle. The opera will be performed with the Melkfabriek in Arnhem as scenery. Kenza Koutchoukali is stage director.

Bluebeard and Judith are newlyweds and arrive together in Bluebeard's dark castle for the first time. Judith demands the door in the castle to be opened to let the light in. At first, Bluebeard refuses, but Judith insists and she opens the doors one by one...

The Hungarian composer Béla Bartók based the story of this opera on Charles Perrault's tale with the same name. The opera exists of one act and there are only two singing characters, but the story has more dimensions than the folktale and touches on social themes still relevant today.


National Youth orchestra of The Netherlands
Conductor: Antony Hermus

Stage direction: Kenza Koutchoukali
Lighting design: Teus van der Stelt

Bluebeard: Marc Pantus (bass baritone)
Judith: Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano)

Béla Bartók Bluebeard's Castle


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