Pelléas & Mélisande - Opéra national de Paris (2015) - Pelléas & Mélisande - Opéra national de Paris (2015)

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General Information


A co-production with : Salzburger Festspiele

Before discovering Maeterlinck's play, Debussy said of the opera he dreamt of composing: "Music begins when words are powerless to express; music is perfect for the inexpressible; I would like it to seem to come out of the shadows and, at times, to go back, always discreet." Thanks to Maeterlinck's characters, to his highly precise and very vague language, so cruel and so apt, Debussy was able to realise the drama of his dreams. A fateful enchantment holds sway over the castle of Allemonde. No sooner does Golaud find Mélisande in the forest and bring her to the kingdom of his ancestors than they find themselves unable to leave, chained to a place that nevertheless belongs nowhere. The castle is racked by desolation and decay. The park seems to be dying under the weight of invisible darkness. The sun barely manages to break through and cast light on the miraculous yet abandoned fountain which used to heal the eyes of the blind and whose waters appear to be bottomless. From the walls one can see the sea, and, at last, the clear sky. But there are also underground tunnels leading to the centre of the earth, suddenly reminding us that we are forever walking over chasms.
Philippe Jordan once again conducts Robert Wilson's immaculate production.

Pelléas et Mélisande - extrait par operadeparis

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Robert Wilson

Philippe Jordan

Franz-Josef Selig

Nicolas Cavallier

Doris Soffel

Stéphane Degout

Paul Gay

Elena Tsallagova

Julie Mathevet

Jérôme Varnier

Work's characters list



Arkel, roi d'Allemonde

Arkel, roi d'Allemonde

Geneviève, mère de Pelléas et de Golaud


Golaud, petit-fils d'Arkel


Yniold, fils du premier mariage de Golaud

Un médecin