Welsh National Opera: The Nightingale / Bluebeard's Castle

2122 July 2020
The performance lasts about 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Opera and music
These works are performed together:
  • The Nightingale
  • Bluebeard's Castle

Welsh National Opera returns to the Royal Opera House with a summer showcase of exciting productions. The Nightingale, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, brings Stravinsky’s sweeping score to life with a cast of fabulous life-size puppets. Also in this programme is Bartok’s brooding opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. Welsh National Opera welcomes Bryn Terfel back to the company and to the Royal Opera House stage as Duke Bluebeard, alongside Michelle DeYoung, as Judith, with video projections that take audiences into their dystopian world.

The Nightingale: Sung in Russian, with English surtitles.
Bluebeard's Castle: Sung in Hungarian, with English surtitles


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


The Nightingale

DirectorMark Down

Set and costume designerNiki Turner

Puppet designersBlind Summit Theatre

Bluebeard's Castle

DirectorDavid Pountney

Set and costume designerNiki Turner

Lighting designerTim Mitchell

Video designerDavid Haneke


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.