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Jan Windszus / Komische Oper Berlin
17.03.2018 at 19h00 CET
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 19:00

Komische Oper Berlin


Bluebeard has more than one skeleton in his closets, but now they are coming back to haunt him, and they aren't happy...

Operas | Offenbach

Sung in German with subtitles in German, French, and English

Available from
17.03.2018 at 19h00 CET

Available until
16.09.2018 at 23h59 CET

Knight BluebeardWolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
King BobèchePeter Renz
Queen Clémentine, King Bobèche's wifeChristiane Oertel
Princess Hermia, their daughter, Fleurette in Act 1Vera-Lotte Böcker
Prince Saphir, Shepherd DaphnisJohannes Dunz
Popolani, alchemist in the employ of BluebeardTom Erik Lie
Count Oscar, minister to the KingPhilipp Meierhöfer
Count MarizaChristoph Späth
BoulotteSarah Ferede
HeloïseKatarzyna Włodarczyk
EléonoreTalya Lieberman
Godfather DeathFrank Büttner
CupidRüdiger Frank
ChorusChoral Soloists of the Komische Oper
OrchestraOrchestra of the Komische Oper

MusicJacques Offenbach
TextText by Stefan Herheim, Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach and Clemens Flick on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
ConductorClemens Flick
DirectorStefan Herheim
Set DesignerChristof Hetzer
Costume DesignerEsther Bialas
Lighting DesignerRobert Pflanz
Chorus MasterJean-Christophe Charron
DramaturgAlexander Meier-Dörzenbach

Act 1

Country girl Fleurette is in love with the shepherd boy Saphir. But as we will soon find out, Fleurette is in reality the Princess Hermia, abandoned in infancy and taken in by kind shepherds. And Saphir is also a prince, in disguise because he loves Fleurette. Boulotte is another country girl who pursues Saphir determinedly.  

Meanwhile, the King’s son is unsuitable to rule, so the King has suddenly remembered his long-abandoned daughter and asks his minister Oscar to find her. Oscar manages to find Hermia in her life as Fleurette and brings her to her parents.

Boulotte has won a village lottery, and Knight Bluebeard’s alchemist Popolani has decided to bring her to be his superior’s fifth wife. Popolani was also charged with the poisoning of Bluebeard’s previous wives, and appears to work at the bidding of his master.


Act 2

Tableau 1

Reunited with her royal parents, Hermia resists their attempts to arrange a fortuitous marriage for her, but is delighted to find out that her intended is Prince Saphir, the very same Saphir who was her shepherd boy.

Tableau 2

Bluebeard has quickly grown tired of Boulotte and has set his sites on Hermia. He tells Popolani to prepare the usual anti-wife potion and to poison Boulotte. But Popolani has not actually been poisoning Bluebeard’s wives – he merely gave them a potion that put them into a restful sleep. Boulotte wakes up and leads all the wives in a feminist march towards the palace.

Act 3

As Saphir and Hermia are to be united in marriage, Bluebeard bursts into the palace and announces the “tragic death” of his latest wife, Boulotte. He snatches Hermia and attacks Saphir. Suddenly Boulotte and the other former wives burst in, very much alive, to reveal Bluebeard’s crimes.