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A Hand of Bridge, by Samuel Barber; Bluebeard’s Castle, by Béla Bartók

Teatro La Fenice / Venice / Music

Clocking in at nine minutes, Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge (libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti) is a very short opera that sees two unhappily married couples playing bridge. Each sings an arietta, full of secret, often sexual, longing. It’s a nice pairing with Bluebeard’s Castle, that dark tale of opened and unopened doors—in other words, desire, knowledge, and sin. —L.J.

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Teatro La Fenice Campo San Fantin, 1965, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
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