Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

Cisjordanie / 2014
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Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

from 10€ to 85€

Opera Festival

Paul Dukas

  • Opéra de Lyon
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
    whose1 intermission (s) 35 min
  • In French

Modern and flying the flag for liberty, Ariane et Barbe-Bleue by Paul Dukas turns Perrault's story into a true hymn to women’s liberation and discovering the truth. Terribly current.

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What is Bluebeard, accused by the crowd of having killed his first five wives, hiding? From the moment she arrives at his gloomy castle, Ariane, his new wife, is determined to discover her husband's secret. She ends up freeing his first five wives but they prefer captivity to freedom. Ariane, however, decides to take hers.

More than feminist
A pupil at the Paris Conservatory, Dukas, a friend of Debussy and former music critic, was a gifted and atypical musician, perhaps best known for The Sorcerer's Apprentice (immortalized by Disney in the film Fantasia). It was in 1907 that Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, his only opera, was successfully staged at the Opéra Comique, based on a text  by Maurice Maeterlinck, who was also the librettist for Debussy - denounced by some as a somewhat too visible influence and with whom Dukas shared a similar taste in orchestration. In fact, Dukas adapts one of Wagner’s techniques, the leitmotiv, which allows him to depict his characters in the music, using his own language. Rich in tone and colour, this is very effective when it comes to making the listener feel the atmosphere in Bluebeard’s castle. Long forgotten, the work strikes a very contemporary chord: composed principally for women's roles, it is more than simply feminist, posing the question of freedom as a universal concept.

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New production
A co-production with the Teatro Real of Madrid 

Voir aussi

  • Interview d'Alex Ollé, metteur en scène



Stage Director

Àlex Ollé/ La Fura dels Baus


Alfons Flores


Urs Schönebaum


Josep Abril


Tomislav Lavoie


Ambur Braid


Hélène Carpentier


Enkelejda Shkoza


Adèle Charvet


Margot Genet


Amandine Ammirati

Orchestre, Chœurs et Studio de l'Opéra de Lyon

Why we love it

Paul Dukas is a composer who is crying out to be (re)discovered.

Why we love it

Messiaen called Ariane etBarbe-Bleue a "masterpiece". Pure and simple.

Why we love it

More than a century after its creation, this liberating work still seems resoundingly contemporary.

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