Chihuly glass landscapes show goth opera in chilling new light, Buffalo News

“Bluebeard’s Castle,” the only opera by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, is a brief, gripping journey into the dark.

A handsome older nobleman, Bluebeard, brings his young bride, Judith, to his sunless, forbidding castle. There are seven sealed doors, and he wants to keep them shut. But she demands that, one after another, he open them.

It is a haunting opera, perfect for the darkness that descends in October. And the production of “Bluebeard’s Castle” on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall on Wednesday is even more transfixing.

That is because the sets are glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.

Chihuly’s show in 1998 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery drew so many patrons – over 86,000 – that it shattered records and is still remembered. He created the sculptures for “Bluebeard’s Castle” in 2007 for the Seattle Symphony, at the invitation of then-Music Director Gerard Schwarz.

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