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Bluebeard's Castle

Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center proudly presents Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók's masterpiece, the Bluebeard's Castle, as the closing event of our 2013 fall season at The DIMENNA – Center for Classical Music on December 5, at 7.30 PM.
Bluebeard's Castle – opera by Béla Bartók
Original title       A kékszakállú herceg vára
Librettist             Béla Balázs
Language            Hungarian

Date/Time | December 5, 2013, 7.30 PM
Location | The DIMENNA – Center for Classical Music |450 West 37th St, 10018
Bluebeard-Riccardo Certi (IT)
Judith-Tiffany Rufini (US)
Piano-Ryoko Tajika Drei (JP)
Production | Sylvia Sass (HU)
Costume designer | Dora Mojzes (HU)
Lighting | Peter Gondor (US)

Bluebeard's Castle, or in Hungarian „A kékszakállú herceg vára” is the one and only opera of the most influential and best known Hungarian composer of the last century. The libretto of the opera is in Hungarian, written by Béla Balázs, a poet and friend of the composer. The story is based on the French literary tale "La Barbe bleue" by Charles Perrault. Bluebeard’s Castle is a one-act piece including only two singing characters: Bluebeard (Kékszakállú) played by Italian Riccardo Certi, and his new wife Judith (Judit) by American Tiffany Rufini. The single US performance of the opera is the outcome of an intensive master course given in Rome by world-famous soprano Sylvia Sass, one of the all-time classic interpreters of the character of Judith from Bluebeard’s Castle. The ensemble has performed the work on several occasions in the framework of the Italian-Hungarian Cultural Year, with the universality of great music attested to by the success of this intercultural collaboration. The piece will be performed in Hungarian. Directed and produced by Sylvia Sass. The artists received the Hungarian Cross of Merit from the President of Hungary on October 23, 2013. 
For more information about the production click here.
Getting there
Located in midtown Manhattan at 450 West 37th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue
Subway: A,C,E to 34th St – PENN Station
Bus: M34A to 8th Ave/37th St, M34 to Dyer Ave/W 34th St, M42 to 10th Ave/42nd St
Car: Park at Access 37 Parking on 37th Street and 9th Avenue for up to 12 hours for only $20! To take advantage of this discount, present your parking ticket at the lobby desk as you enter the building to receive a validation stamp for your ticket. This discount is good 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, including days when the Special Event rate is in effect.

The event is FREE and open for the public. To reserve tickets please click here.


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