‘It may seem cruel, then, to follow Iolanta with a performance of Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartok’s chilling psycho-thriller about the annihilating power of love taken to obsessive extremes. Yet that is exactly what the Polish opera and film director Mariusz Trelinski is doing in a double bill of these two operas conducted by Valery Gergiev that opens on Monday at the Metropolitan Opera. Swathed in the aesthetics of film noir with vivid echoes of Hitchcock and featuring two exceptional lead sopranos, Anna Netrebko as Iolanta and Nadja Michael as Judith, this production promises to be one of the most viscerally unsettling shows on offer this season,’ wrote Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in New York Times on 21 January 2015.
The double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle opens at the Met on 26 January 2015.
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