Duke Bluebeard’s Castle


Published by The Old Stile Press

Libretto for the Opera in One Act by Béla Balázs
English performing version by John Lloyd Davies

Images by Susan Adams

374 × 285 mm

ISBN: (978) 0907664741

150 copies signed by Susan Adams and by John Lloyd Davies

“The story of Bluebeard has a long history, from Perrault’s Fairy Tales through Maeterlinck, and is deeply embedded in the dark storytelling of the early twentieth century. Béla Balázs, heavily influenced by the French Symbolists, wrote a play which inspired his fellow countryman Béla Bartók to create a truly Hungarian opera. The music and the libretto in their turn have drawn from Susan Adams a sequence of images. Each page evokes the unfolding pathos of the events that the walls of Duke Bluebeard’s castle have witnessed.” The Old Stile Press

Published: 17.06.2006