Senza Sangue & Bluebeards Castle

Senza Sangue & Bluebeards Castle

Hackney Empire presents Bluebeard’s Castle a Co-production of the Opera Grand Avignon and the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole. Boasting one of the richest orchestrations in opera, fully staged productions of Béla Bartók’s  – Bluebeard’s Castle are comparatively rare. This single performance at Hackney Empire will use the full orchestration of over 70 players conducted by Péter Eötvös. The musical and emotional impact of the piece will be experienced as never before when the theatre’s stalls area become an orchestra pit and the Empire’s wonderful acoustic carries the sound throughout the auditorium.

Dark and harrowing, Béla Bartók’s rarely performed Bluebeard’s Castle follows lovers Judith and Bluebeard as they arrive into Bluebeard’s castle. Judith desperately wants to figure out the hidden secrets of her new husband’s soul, but the more she discovers the closer the pair are pulled towards eternal loneliness.

Eötvös’ own piece Senza Sangue (Without Blood) a Production of the Opera Grand Avignon presented by Hackney Empire is an amazing display of orchestral virtuosity, created to be performed prior to Bluebeard’s Castle. Set in the aftermath of civil war, this explosive psychothriller follows an unnamed man and woman as they try to find meaning in their past trauma.

Click here to download a synopsis of Senza Sangue and Bluebeard’s Castle. 

Hackney Empire

£45 – £15  (plus £1 per ticket online, £1.25 per ticket over the phone) Limited number of Premium Seats  available at £67.50+fees  seats are located in the front two rows of the Dress Circle to experience the full impact of this unique spectacle .  

The stalls seating will be taken out and filled with a full scale Orchestra by Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra .  Seating will be from Dress Circle, Upper Circle & Gallery.


Please Note:  Children under 14 years need to be accompanied at all times by a paying adult.

Senza Sangue –  will be Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Bluebeard’s Castle – will be Performed in Hungarian with English supertitles



Cast & Creative Team

Róbert ALFÖLDIDirector - Senza Sangue

Róbert Alföldi is one of the most versatile talents of the contemporary art scene in Hungary. He is an actor, director of epic and musical theatre performances and presenter of various television programmes and talk shows. He has worked as a guest director in many theatres all over Europe, in the United States, and in South-Korea. Between 2008 and 2013 he was the Director General of the National Theatre of Hungary. As a regular director of Armel Opera Festival his productions have been awarded several times by the international jury of the Festival.

Nadine DUFFAUTDirector - Bluebeard's Castle

Nadine Duffaut received her degree in Musicology at the Sorbonne University, while studying voice with Camille Maurenne at the Conservatoire de Paris. Later she worked as the vocal coach of the Opera in Rennes and the choirmaster of the Avignon Theatre and Opera. She created her own singing school where she directed her first performances. Directing credits include Tosca, La Traviata and Carmen (in Shanghai) and French operas such as La Fille du Tambour-Major, Les Mousquetaires au Couvent or La vie Parisienne. Ms. Duffaut’s productions have appeared throughout France at the Opera of Nice, Vichy, Toulon, Tours and the Theatre of Reims. Recent engagements include Carmen (2008) and Tosca (2010) for Les Chorégies d’Orange.

Péter EÖTVÖSConductor - Senza Sangue & Bluebeard's Castle / Composer Senza Sangue

Peter Eötvös, Hungarian composer, conductor and teacher, combines all three functions in one very high-profile career. Born in Transylvania in 1944, he has long been considered one of the most significant and influential personalities in the music scene, an internationally recognised conductor and composer of successful operas and orchestral works.

Since his Proms debut in 1980 he has made regular appearances in London. From 1985-1988 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. He has also worked in Covent Garden and in Glyndebourne Opera. His opera Love and Other Demons was commissioned by and premiered at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2008.

His new opera Senza Sangue, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Kölner Philharmonie, was performed in New York, Cologne, Roma, Gothenburg, Avignon, Budapest and Hamburg in the 2015/16/17 season.

Mari MEZEILibretto by Senza Sangue
Béla BALÁZSLibretto by - Bluebeard's Castle
Péter EÖTVÖSOpera by Senza Sangue

Opera is in one act by Péter EÖTVÖS
Based on novel by Alessandro Barrico

Béla BARTÓKOpera by - Bluebeard's Castle
Philippe MURGIERPrologue by - Bluebeard's Castle
Romain BOCKLERThe Man in Senza Sangue

French baritone Romain Bockler graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and has been a winner in numerous international competitions (Froville International Baroque Singing Competition 1 rst prize). In the past, he has performed as a soloist in many opera houses and concert halls in Europe, North Africa and Asia under the direction of Peter Eötvös, Hervé Niquet, Joël Suhubiette among many others. His passion for Renaissance and Baroque music has led him to perform in several ensembles and contribute to numerous recordings.

Albane CARRÉREThe Woman in Senza Sangue

Austrian-born French mezzo-soprano, Albane Carrère made her debut at the Liège Opera House and at La Monnaie. During her brief but amazingly eventful career she has performed numerous roles in the works of Janacek, Britten, Verdi, Purcell, Bizet, Bellini all over France (Rouen, Versailles, Toulon, Tours, Reims, Metz, Avignon, Bordeaux) and abroad. She has also performed for various live broadcasts for television, Arte Concert and Radio Classique. Her future projects include Cunégonde in Le Roi Carotte (Lille), Alisa in Lucia (Bordeaux), Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust with Miroirs Etendus, and Clotilde in Norma (Rouen, Muscat). She is also planning to make a Schubert recording with the Alfama quartet and to sing in numerous concerts including Pergolese's Stabat Mater.

Bálint SZABÓPlays Bluebeard in Bluebeard's Castle

Romanian bass, with international appearances: Germany (Hamburg: Don Carlo, Il turco in Italia, Bluebeard’s Castle; Frankfurt: Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra, Don Giovanni, Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor; Munich: Lucrezia Borgia, Turandot; Oberammergau: Nabucco),Italy (Macerata: Aida, Milano: La donna del lago), Great Britain (Covent Garden: Linda di Chamounix, Adriana Lecouvreur), France (Toulouse: Rigoletto, Don Carlo, Bluebeard’s Castle; Monte Carlo: Il viaggio a Reims; Paris: Don Carlo, La clemenza di Tito, Queen of Spades), Switzerland (Geneva: La donna del lago, Les vêpres siciliennes, La Wally, Manon), Chile (Santiago: Bluebeard’s Castle), Greece (Athens: Simon Boccanegra, Puritani), Hungary (Budapest: Bluebeard’s Castle), Netherlands (Amsterdam: Les vêpres sicilennes, Bluebeard’s Castle), Japan (Tokyo: Bluebeard’s Castle).

Adrienn MIKSCHPlays Judith in Bluebeard's Castle

Adrienn Miksch is a Hungarian dramatic soprano singer. After graduating from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, she was admitted to the Opera Studio of the Hungarian State Opera immediately. The young dramatic soprano singer was awarded the prizes of several international competitions. She has appeared on the stage of the marvelous Carnegie Hall numerous times. She has won her way at several concerts abroad: Tokyo, New York, Toronto, Milan, Verona, Mantua, Ragusa, Napoli-Angri, Nocera, Baden bei Wien, Hanover, Miami, Detroit and Avignon.

Carlotta MORARUBluebeard's wife in Bluebeard's Castle
Helena VAUTRINBluebeard's wife in Bluebeard's Castle
Zuzana AVIOTTEBluebeard's wife in Bluebeard's Castle
Emmanuelle FAVRESet Design - Senza Sangue & Bluebeard's Castle
Danièle BARRAUDCostume Design - Senza Sangue & Bluebeard's Castle
Sándor BAUMGARTNERLightening
Dorian FOURNYAssistant director
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra

Pannon Philharmonic is the resident orchestra of the Kodály Centre in Pécs, Hungary, a world class concert and conference hall built in 2010. The orchestra has become a primary artistic ensemble of Hungary during the last decade, performing in prestigious festivals and playing with prominent personalities of the international music scene such as Placido Domingo, Jessica Pratt, Péter Eötvös, Gilbert Varga or Maxim Vengerov. Led by Chief Conductor and cellist Tibor Bogányi with director and trumpet player Zsolt Horváth, the Pannon Philharmonic is a committed supporter of contemporary opera and a founding partner of the Armel Opera Festival, where the orchestra received special recognition for its outstanding performance in 2015 and 2016 and won the ARTE Audience Award in 2017 with its first own opera production.

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