Ariane & Bluebeard : From Fairy Tale to Comic Book Opera

Maurice Maeterlinck described his libretto Ariane et Barbe-bleue as “a sort of legendary opera, or fairy [opera], in three acts.” In 1907, Paul Dukas finished setting Maeterlinck’s libretto to music, and the opera’s Paris premiere was lauded as a landmark in operatic history. Ariane & Bluebeard: From Fairy Tale to Comic Book Opera offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary look at this historic opera, including its structure, reception, and cultural implications. This lively collection juxtaposes chapters from experts in music, literature, the visual arts, gender studies, and religion and philosophy with vibrant illustrations by comic artist P. Craig Russell and interviews with performers and artists. Featuring material from newly discovered documents and the first English translation of several important sources, Ariane & Bluebeard allows readers to imagine the opera in its various incarnations: as symbolist show, comic book, children’s fairy tale, and more.