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I am the creator, writer, and producer of the classical music podcast The Composer Chronicles and the author of the anthology Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality: Setting the Stage for Opera and Ballet.


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Ep. 10: Be Wary – Bartók and Bluebeard's Castle The Composer Chronicles

Bluebeard's Castle's haunting tale is just the surface of this psychological thriller, and while some modern productions don’t follow the original staging to a “t”, there are plenty of directors who jump at the chance to re-imagine this dark and sinister work. This episode will explore both the history behind Bartók's only opera and all the creepy details that elevate this opera to horrific standards. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com offer code chronpodcast Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, monthly member only episodes, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Video of Bluebeard's Castle (2015 Production): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_O7bRQlYdI&t=35s Music for this episode: Gravitated by Edgar Hopp All Gathered by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Trollmors vaggsång (Traditional Swedish Folk Song) New Ambitions by Trevor Kowalski Degrees of Separation by Trevor Kowalski Sources for this episode: The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tommasini A History of Opera (Updated Edition) by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/stephen-j-trygar/message
  1. Ep. 10: Be Wary – Bartók and Bluebeard's Castle
  2. Ep. 9: Homeward – Strauss and An Alpine Symphony
  3. Ep. 8: Living Portraits – Elgar and Enigma Variations
  4. Ep. 7: Scandalous – Mozart and Le nozze di Figaro
  5. Ep. 6: Quest of a Lifetime – Wagner and Parsifal

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I started The Composer Chronicles and Tales of Love, Loss, Magic, and Reality out of the love I have for classical music and literature. If I’m not working, you can probably find me with my face in a book, hiking/walking around my neighborhood, or enjoying time with those I love.

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