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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande

Glyndebourne Festival 2018

5:05 PM, ​ Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne

Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande

Mélisande Christina Gansch
Pelléas John Chest
Golaud Christopher Purves
Arkel Brindley Sherratt
Geneviève Karen Cargill

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
conductor Robin Ticciati

When Prince Golaud meets the mysterious Mélisande, he falls instantly in love with this beautiful, broken girl. So does his brother Pelléas. Cloaked in the darkness of the shadowy kingdom of Allemonde, this passionate love triangle unfolds in hints and suggestions, glimpses and glances, elusive right up to its tragic conclusion.

Sharing the sensuous, dreamlike soundworld of Debussy’s La Mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune, Pelléas et Mélisande celebrates the colour and power of the contemporary orchestra in an evocative score, rich in human emotion. ‘Forget you are singers,’ Debussy told his original cast, and the result is a musical drama whose instinctive truths speak straight to the heart – a delicate fairytale that whispers where other operas shout.

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