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Dido & Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle

Behind the Curtain #61: Dido & Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle

A riveting pairing of one-act masterpieces, written more than two centuries apart, explores the fine line between devotion and obsession. In Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, an intimately scaled tragedy, a queen falls prey to the machinations of a formidable enemy, losing her heart to a man who abruptly abandons her. In Bartók’s suspenseful orchestral showpiece Bluebeard's Castle, an impulsive young bride turns her back on her family, only to uncover increasingly dark truths about her new husband.

A powerfully theatrical production by Barrie Kosky (director of LA Opera’s recent The Magic Flute) shines new light on the agonizing consequences of unconditional love.

LA Opera: October 14, 2014

In this edition of the LA Opera Behind the Curtain podcast, host Brian Lauritzen is joined by conductor Stephen Sloane who is leading performances of the double bill of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle. Tension and release in the dramas of Purcell and Bartok, plus the role of the conductor in what Sloane calls a "truly multimedia artform," are among the topics discussed in this engaging and entertaining conversation with Sloane, a native of Los Angeles now residing in Berlin.