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Bluebeard's Castle & Erwartung

Already seen on four continents, the most widely celebrated production in the history of Canadian Opera Company will now amaze Seattle audiences for this exclusive engagement. The production combines the enigmatic Hungarian fairy tale of Bluebeard’s Castle with the dream-like monodrama Erwartung for a haunting journey into the mysteries of the subconscious.

Bluebeard’s Castle
Music by Béla Bartók
In Hungarian with English Captions

Erwartung (Expectation)
Music by Arnold Schoenberg
In German with English Captions

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, with 1 intermission
at McCaw Hall


Sights and Sounds

Video Preview

Watch this video preview of Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung which includes musical highlights and special effect features. The gorgeous music of Bartok is paired with the emotional “Expectations” (Erwartung).

Sights and Sounds

Director’s Talk

Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung Director François Racine discusses this Canadian Opera Company production and how the original directors created a world of fantasy, drama, and musicality.

Sights and Sounds

Speight’s Corner

General Director Speight Jenkins and Education Director Perry Lorenzo discuss why this unique production has been so popular with audiences around the world for the past decade.


A Visual Tour

Created by Robert Lepage (Cirque du Soleil’s , the Met’s new Ring), this production has been hailed around the world for its stunning innovations in stagecraft.

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