MTT conducts Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle

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MTT conducts this semi-staged performance of the chilling and dark one-act opera, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Based on a 17th century folk tale, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is the first and only opera written by Hungarian composer Bartók, and is one of the great achievements of 20th Century music. The mysterious, psychological drama takes audiences on an eerie journey of the human subconscious. Specially designed multi-media projections, staging, and English captions help tell the tale of Duke Bluebeard’s inquisitive new wife Judith, as she searches behind the seven doors of Bluebeard’s castle to find torture chambers, bloody weapons, Bluebeard’s former wives, and more!

A Rite Digital production in association with Yeast Culture. Originally production commissioned by Philharmonia Orchestra, London; Konzerthaus, Dortmund; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.

“DeYoung brought rich voices of enormous depth and an electric tension to the performance [of Duke Bluebeards Castle].”  -MIAMI HERALD

Pianist Jeremy Denk has been a guest of the San Francisco Symphony many times since his debut with the Orchestra in 2006, most recently during its American Mavericks Festival and Tour in March 2012 when he performed Cowell’s Piano Concerto, Cowell solo piano pieces and Foss’ Echoi. He has a new recording of pairing Ligeti’s Piano Études, Books One and Two, with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 32 in C Minor on Nonesuch Records. 

Side and Center Terrace seats not available. 



Jeremy Denk


Michelle DeYoung


Alan Held


Ken Ruta


Nick Hillel


Nick Corrigan

co-director, video & visual design

Richard Slaney


David Holmes

lighting design

Adam Wiltshire

set design

San Francisco Symphony



Piano Concerto No. 1

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert length is approximately 2 hours.

Watch a Video:

See the making of the set for Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle for the Philharmonia Orchestra's semi-staged 2011 performances. Director Nick Hillel will bring his innovative set to the SFS this June when MTT conducts Bartók's work.

Watch the set come together in a time-lapse video recorded at Davies Symphony Hall.

View pictures of the set:

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  1. Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 8:00pm

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Program Support

Supported by The Barbro and Bernard Osher Staged Production Fund