English Symphony Orchestra to Stream ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’

By David Salazar

The English Symphony Orchestra is set to release a video performance of “Bluebeard’s Castle” between August 13-17, 2021.

The showcase will be conducted by Kenneth Woods, who will be joined by April Fredrick as Judith and David Stout as Bluebeard, who previously worked together on “Jane Eyre” in 2016.

“Vocally, David and April are perfect for Bartók’s two roles, which in many ways fall in between the cracks of our normal voice types,” Woods said in a press release. “Both roles need a mix of power and lyricism, and ease and projection at both the extreme upper and lower end of their registers. But aside from their vocal and musical qualities, I was fascinated by the connections between the characters of Edward Rochester and Jane Eyre, and Bluebeard. Both ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ deal with the limitations of intimacy, and it’s not hard to imagine the ending of ‘Jane Eyre’ segueing into the beginning of ‘Bluebeard’s Castle.’”

The showcase also features a reduced orchestration of the famed Bartók work, with a total of 25 players and organ.

Check out the trailer below: