• Season 2022-2023
  • Opera
  • Opera
  • Festival

Bluebeard’s Castle

The Lyon Opera Orchestra and Children’s Choir

  • Dates Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2023
  • Rates From 10€ to 85€
  • Location Opéra de Lyon
  • Running Time 2h30, including 1 interval

In a few words

Do we really need to know everything about each other? Ukrainian director Andriy Zholdak invites us to deconstruct couples’ truths and lies and delivers an experience of unusual intensity: two stories, two interpretations of the same work, and a dizzying dive into the depths of the soul.

  • Bluebeard’s Castle
    Le Château de Barbe-Bleue - Bande-annonce


"Love me, be silent, ask no questions!" begs Bluebeard. But young Judith, entering the sombre home of her lover, does not listen to him. Fascinated by the dark and murderous side of love, succumbing to the mad illusion that she can save the man she loves from the tragedy she suspects, consumed by curiosity and jealousy, she opens the seven doors of the seven rooms dripping with blood and tears to which she wanted the keys. Béla Bartók's only opera, first performed in Budapest in 1918, is strongly inspired by Debussy's only opera Pelléas et Mélisande. There is no trace of psychological realism here: "Let the music speak", the prologue tells us.
Ukrainian director Andriy Zholdak, who trained at Anatoli Vassiliev's school in Moscow, also designed the stage and lighting. He has chosen to give two successive interpretations of the opera, like two hypotheses about the unconscious at work, the two faces, redeeming and murderous, of love.

1re partie 1h
Interval 35 min
2e partie 1h


In Hungarian with French surtitles

A 1-act opera with prologue
Libretto by Béla Balasz
First performed in Budapest, 1918

New production

More images

  • Opera
Mar 21 - Apr 4, 2023
The Marriage of Figaro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Opera
Apr 28 - May 13, 2023
Katia Kabanova
Leoš Janáček

Soutenir l'Opéra

Engagez-vous et contribuez à la concrétisation de ses missions et de ses projets