“A surreal, vibrant, visually loaded journey through our fantasies and nightmares...”
Bluebeard is unravelling. He's losing perspective, and questioning his sense of self. As each door in his castle is opened, a new aspect of his tortured soul is revealed - until at last, we see what the seventh door is hiding...
Join Gothic Opera for this unique multi-disciplinary interpretation of BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE, which explores what is real and unreal, and the idea of finding or losing ourselves. Created by director Julia Mintzer and choreographer Carmine de Amicis, with a brand new arrangement by Leon Haxby. Conducted by Thomas Payne.
Sung in Hungarian with English surtitles.
Read Julia Mintzer's programme note here.
Carmine de Amicis
Thomas Ang - Organ
The Halcyon Quartet:
Millie Ashton - Violin I
Leidy Sinclair - Violin II
Nathalie Green-Buckley - Viola
HeeYeon Cho - Violoncello
Animators (Ravensbourne University):
Stage Director: Julia Mintzer
Musical Director/Conductor: Thomas Payne
Choreographer, Associate Director: Carmine de Amicis
Set and Costume Designer: Charles Ogilvie
Lighting and Sound Designer: Will Alder
Arranger: Leon Haxby
Animation Supervisor: Dev Bye-A-Jee
Make-up Artist: Ian Massa-Harris
Production Manager: Ryan Nicholls
Stage Manager, Assistant Director: Ben Anderson
Assistant Conductor: Herman Ringer
Répétiteur: Thomas Ang
Production Assistant: Tilly Penn
Poster Designer: Max Dabbs
Artistic Director: Béatrice de Larragoïti
Co-Producers: Alice Usher and Charlotte Osborn
Click here to watch our online snapshot version which was streamed by the Neverthere @ Surge festival, 4 July 2020.
Gothic Opera's Bluebeard's Castle is a collaboration with the Digital Animation department of Ravensbourne University London. A group of students were inspired by the rooms in Bluebeard's castle to create animations which will be seen in the live performances.
Here, supervisor Dev Bye-A-Jee discusses the process of working on these animations.
You can see a selection of the students' work below, with soundtracks by Will Alder. Watch with sound on!
The Torture Chamber - animation by Ugne Sniaukaite
The Armoury - animation by Klaudia Grabczak
The Garden - animation by Vincent Sautter
The Heart Room - animation by Virginia Anyaele