Subtle and modern opera fairy tale

Pelléas et Mélisande

Claude Debussy, De Nationale Opera

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This work is regarded as an absolute apex in opera history. Pelléas et Mélisande, with its dreamy, ominous atmosphere, is the only opera Claude Debussy finished. The music reflects the strongly visual and sensitive language of Maurice Maeterlinck’s libretto, which tells of the jaundiced triangular relationship between the half-brothers Golaud and Pelléas and the girl Mélisande. Like in many fairy tales, things do not end well. The music is performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The title roles are performed by the young star singers Paul Appleby and Elena Tsallagova. It is directed by the Frenchman Olivier Py, whose previous performance at the Holland Festival was Benjamin Britten’s musical drama Curlew River.

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