Bluebeard's Castle feat. Denyce Graves
Thu., May 20, 7 p.m., Fri., May 21, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 22, 8 p.m. 2010
Giancarlo Guerrero brings his first season as the Nashville Symphony's music director to a spectacular close with a staging of Bartók's one-act opera Bluebeard's Castle, featuring the phantasmagoric sets of acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 opens the program. A masterpiece of Bartók's early maturity, Bluebeard reflects the composer's interest in Hungarian folk music as well as the influence of Debussy and the French Symbolist poets. Guest soprano Denyce Graves has graced stages from the Metropolitan Opera to the 55th Presidential Inauguration, while bass-baritone Andrea Silvestrelli has sung under such top conductors as Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta. An affiliated exhibit of Chihuly's glasswork has already opened at the Frist, and another will be installed at Cheekwood starting May 25.