Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (2006)
Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, like any other opera performed in English and not its original language, depends on three things for its success: how ... Show synopsis Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, like any other opera performed in English and not its original language, depends on three things for its success: how good the text sounds sung in translation, how well the performers project the music's atmosphere, and, as always, how impressively the sound reproduces the performance. In the case of this translation by John Lloyd Davies, the text sounds just fine sung in English, a little stilted here and there with some odd stresses and accents, perhaps, but overall, Davies catches the tone of the original and sets it with style and sensitivity. In the case of these performances by John Tomlinson as Bluebeard and Sally Burgess as his wife Judith, the singers sound more or less just fine. Tomlinson is an enthusiastic singer and his portrayal has many insights, but his voice lacks sufficient weight and his interpretation misses some of the nuances of the character. Burgess is a strong singer and her portrayal is ardent enough, but her voice is not altogether lovely and her...
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