The fairytale grows darker...

A collaboration between opera and electronica, BK Opera presents Bluebeard’s Castle, an enhanced concert performance of this stunning Bartók opera, from 2 to 10 July at Mycelium Studios Basement Warehouse, Brunswick East and then 8 to 9 August at Northcote Town HallBK Opera’s rendering of this tragic story will confront the harsh reality of a woman’s experience in an abusive relationship as it escalates. 

Based off the classic fairy tale, Bluebeard’s Castle shows Bluebeard and Judith trapped in a destructive psychological duel. Leaving her family and isolating herself beside him, Judith has come to live with Bluebeard. His secret mesmerizes her. She has heard the terrifying rumours and yet, she is drawn in.

The cast is comprised of seasoned opera singers Adrian Tamburini and Zara Barrett. With over thirty years of experience combined, their rich dramatic voices bring gravitas to this obscure Hungarian opera.

BK Opera has teamed up with acclaimed composer Kym Dillon to bring this opera into the 21st century transforming the usual orchestral accompaniment into a sweeping and epic piece of electronic music. Working closely with conductor James Penn, Dillon creates a new and modern take on this piece, producing something both cutting edge and timeless.

Combining electronic music, opera and art installation Kate Millett, director, creates an immersive operatic experience that cannot be missed. In the years since BK Opera was formed, they’ve become known for their distinctive brand of dark and intimate interpretations of classic operas. 

The brainchild of Kate Millett and James Penn, BK Opera won the OperaChaser Innovation Award for their 2017 season. Working with emerging singers they strip opera back to the bare bones, focusing on the emotional core of this timeless artform. They’ve also become known for their marathon opera performances for White Night around Victoria.

Conductor: James Penn
Director: Kate Millett
Lighting Designer: Jason Bovaird
Bluebeard: Adrian Tamburini
Judith: Zara Barrett
Compose:r Béla Bartók
Librettist: Béla Balázs

Evenings at 8pm
July 2, 6, 10 – Mycelium Studios
August 8, 9 – Northcote Town Hall

Running time: Approximately 60 minutes length

Performed in Hungarian with English surtitles

Tickets from $60 (fees may apply)
Concession prices available for allperformances


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