pelléas et mélisande

Claude Debussy

Opéra Bastille - from 19 September to 06 October 2017

Pelléas et Mélisande

Opera in five acts and twelve scenes

Music
Claude Debussy
Libretto
Maurice Maeterlinck

In French

Conductor
Philippe Jordan
Director
Robert Wilson
Pelléas
Étienne Dupuis
Golaud
Luca Pisaroni
Arkel
Franz‑Josef Selig
Un médecin, le berger
Thomas Dear
Mélisande
Elena Tsallagova
Geneviève
Anna Larsson
Le petit Yniold
Jodie Devos
Set design
Robert Wilson
Costume design
Frida Parmeggiani
Lighting design
Heinrich Brunke
Robert Wilson
Dramaturgy
Holm Keller
Co-stage director
Giuseppe Frigeni
Set design collaboration
Stephanie Engeln
Chorus master
Alessandro Di Stefano

Surtitrage en français et en anglais

Coproduction avec les Salzburger Festspiele
Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

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Come into the light we cannot see how happy we are.

- Pelléas,Acte III, Scène 4


Like Tristan and Isolde, Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande seek to pursue their impossible love in an intangible temporality where prosody is as limpid as music. In the enigmatic beauty of Maeterlinck’s symbolist drama, the composer perceived the theatrical counterpart to his musical ambitions. A world of things left unsaid, a terrain of psychological irrationality and verbal ellipses for which he composed a score as sensual as it is mysterious.
On the denuded stage of the Opéra Bastille, Bob Wilson’s production illuminates the obscure souls of the lovers, throwing their images into relief and fixing the negatives on the dazzled retinas of the audience.

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