PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

2018-2019

DATES

JAN 15,19,22,25,31

CONDUCTORS: Yannick Nézet-Séguin (JAN 15,19,22,25) / Derrick Inouye (JAN 31)

MÉLISANDE: Isabel Leonard

GENEVIÈVE: Marie-Nicole Lemieux

PELLÉAS: Paul Appleby

GOLAUD: Kyle Ketelsen

ARKEL: Ferruccio Furlanetto

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Metropolitan Opera House LeftABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Claude Debussy – Librettist: Maurice Maeterlinck

First performance: Paris, Opéra-Comique, 30 April 1902

Pélleas et Mélisande is considered a masterpiece of French symbolism. It was after a performance of Maurice Maeterlinck’s play Pélleas that Debussy wrote his only opera between 1894 and 1895. Its plot centres on the love triangle among Mélisande, her husband Golaud and her brother-in-law Pélleas, which is complicated Mélisande’s mysterious sufferings that only Pélleas understands. Pélleas et Mélisande was not a success at its first performance despite the fact that the role of Mélisande was created by one of the most important singers of the time, Mary Garden. Later, the composer perfected his work, especially to refine the vocal lines, a task he carried out for several years. After the success the opera enjoyed during the last years of the Belle Époque, its popularity faded after the war and it was revived only in the 1940s.


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