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Pelléas et MélisandeNew production

New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
Dates/times in Tokyo time zone
Saturday 02 July 202214:00
Wednesday 06 July 202218:30
Saturday 09 July 202214:00
Wednesday 13 July 202214:00
Sunday 17 July 202214:00
New National Theatre
Kazushi OnoConductor
Katie MitchellDirector
Lizzie ClachanSet Designer
Chloe LamfordCostume Designer
James FarncombeLighting Designer
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus
Bernard RichterTenorPelléas
Karen Vourc'hSopranoMélisande
Laurent NaouriBaritoneGolaud
Hidekazu TsumayaBassArkel
Rié HamadaSopranoGeneviève

Pelléas et Mélisande is the only opera by French impressionist composer Claude Achille Debussy. Debussy strove to produce a uniquely French opera. To this end he both incorporated the leitmotiv technique and, using a unique musical syntax, composed music rich in colour and contrast to express the vitality of nature – light, water, mist and wind – as depicted in the play by Maurice Maeterlinck. Debussy made the music fuse with the meter of the French language, and used restraint in his depictions of the suffering and rising emotions of the characters on stage for a richly textured portrayal. This tale of love and hatred in an impenetrable fortress is told with mystery, symbolism and an air of tension, the drama cleansed at the end with the serenity of the postlude.

The production is directed by Katie Mitchell, director of many plays and operas in Britain and highly acclaimed for the sense of reality she achieves with her distinctive sensibilities and rationale. First performed at the 2016 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, this production of Pelléas et Mélisande is a modern retelling of the drama as the dream of a woman who has come into a household. Conducting is Kazushi Ono, the Artistic Director of Opera of the NNTT. The young lovers Pelléas and Mélisande will be performed by Bernard Richter and Karen Vourc'h, both made great success in the roles. Golaud is performed by the veteran French baritone Laurent Naouri, who also performed in Aix-de-Provence.

* Please note that there might be changes depending on the Covid-19 situation.

© Patrick Berger | ArtComPress
© Patrick Berger | ArtComPress
July 2022
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