Duke Bluebeard's Castle
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle
Members Plus: Tue 26 Feb
Members: Thu 28 Feb
General public: Tue 5 Mar
Bartók’s last, great masterpiece is heard alongside the gruesome fairy-tale of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, conducted by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle.
Bartók loved folk music, not just for its artistic quality, but also as an expression of the communities which keep it alive. Nowhere are those values clearer than in his last great masterpiece, the Concerto for Orchestra. With no official soloist, a diverse collection of instruments performs to one another, modelling how social cohesion can be achieved through the celebration of difference, not in its removal.
From an optimistic vision of community to a gripping operatic horror story. Duke Bluebeard’s young bride Judith arrives at his dark, forbidding castle. She tries to let in more light, persuading her new husband to open the first of seven doors. So begins a disturbing journey of discovery that leads to the seventh door, the castle’s grave secret and her untimely fate.
Duration to be confirmed closer to the event. It includes a 20 minute interval.
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.