Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Ariane and Bluebeard) (1907) By John Ashbery Written for the concert Bluebeard!, performed on April 25, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Paul Dukas’s Ariane et Barbe-bleue is one of a quasi-legendary sequence of turn-of-the-century French operas that have been rarely performed or recorded. Of these only Debussy’s Pelléas et…

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