Salonen Conducts Bluebeard’s Castle

Apr 2

7:30 PM

R. Strauss, Bartók

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads Strauss’ wondrous Also sprach Zarathustra. The mesmerizing Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartók’s only opera, is performed by John Relyea and Michelle DeYoung, two of the finest interpreters of the roles of Bluebeard and his ill-fated wife Judith.

Please join us in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the concert for a Q&A with the evening’s guest artists or CSO musicians. Open to all ticketholders.


R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Bartók Bluebeard's Castle


Preconcert conversation with Derek Matson
30 minute run-time

Thursday, March 28, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, March, 29 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Saturday, March 30, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, April 2, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

CSO violist Max Raimi recalls how one of the most unforgettable moments in his Chicago Symphony career involves a C major chord from a performance more than 20 years ago of Béla Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Basses rarely get the girl. Instead, they’re more likely to portray the villain. But John Relyea, one of today’s most celebrated exponents of this vocal type, doesn’t mind. He will return to a cornerstone of the bass repertoire when he joins the CSO, guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung for a concert version of Béla Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. Relyea calls it one his “favorite pieces on the planet”: “It’s one of those pieces out there where the music and the drama are so well-integrated, just the way the music illustrates all the imagery in the text. It’s a really powerful piece, and it has so many different levels and colors.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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Thursday evening’s performance has been made possible by a generous gift from Robert J. Buford.

This program is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.