In a forest where he has lost his way, Golaud happens upon Mélisande. He marries her and takes her back home to the family castle. There, Mélisande gets to know Pelléas, Golaud’s half-brother. Something happens between them: “something that is stronger than I”, sighs Mélisande, and something that Golaud will struggle to make sense of – and that will ultimately lead to the tragedy. Set against a backdrop as old as the Western world itself, the symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck’s drama of light and shade inspired Claude Debussy to weave an opera steeped in mystery and shot through with silence. Katie Mitchell highlights the dreamlike realism of this masterpiece in a new production that is highly anticipated, not least for its interpretation by the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. After the journey from Allemonde to Aix, the suffocating beauty of Pelléas et Mélisande remains intact.
More information is available on the opera house's official website.
July 02, 2016 19:30:00
July 04, 2016 19:30:00
July 07, 2016 19:30:00
July 13, 2016 19:30:00
July 16, 2016 19:30:00
Work's characters list
Arkel, roi d'Allemonde
Geneviève, mère de Pelléas et de Golaud
Golaud, petit-fils d'Arkel
Yniold, fils du premier mariage de Golaud