It was roughly around the same time last year that Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra visited the South Bank Centre to perform Mozart’s Magic Flute. It was fun and colourful for the younger audiences and enthusiastically performed by the orchestra. Two years prior to this performance (23rd May), the South Bank Centre had Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic perform Bartók’s one-act horror opera Bluebeard’s Castle (1911).
I consider it to be one of my favourite operas. The suspense, the intensity of the music and the terror emitted from the score alone is one of its kind. Even as a semi-stage, the music suffices in sculpting the erring castle of the Duke and his seven mysterious, blood-soaked doors.