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Work: Pelléas et Mélisande

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ComposerDebussy, Claude (1862-1918)
Period20th century
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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GenevaPelléas et Mélisande

Grand Théâtre Genève
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Jonathan Nott; Damien Jalet; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Marina Abramović; Iris van Herpen; Mari Eriksmoen; Jacques Imbrailo
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JPYA unite for a golden afternoon at Covent Garden

Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dominic Sedgwick (Figaro) © ROH 2019 | Clive Barda
The young singers spin any raw material into opera gold, sending the audience home as uplifted as if they’d just glugged a bellyful of Pimm’s.
****1
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Pelléas et Mélisande: austerely beautiful but flawed

Paul Appleby (Pelléas) and Elena Tsallagova (Mélisande) © BAUS
The credits for this new production directed by Olivier Py raised high expectations that were only partially met on opening night.
***11
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Waterworld: firm musical foundations in Pelléas et Mélisande

Camilla Tilling (Mélisande) and Laurent Naouri (Golaud) © Sakari Viika
Marco Arturo Marelli's 2012 production lacks mystery but puts a fine Golaud centre stage, while Esa-Pekka Salonen ensures superior musical values in the pit. 
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The lights are out in Allemonde: Pelléas at the Met

Isabel Leonard (Mélisande) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s proves the highlight of a frustrating evening at The Metropolitan Opera
***11
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Hailing from No-man’s land: Pelléas et Mélisande in Basel

Andrew Foster-Williams (Golaud), Elsa Benoit (Mélisande) and Rolf Romei (Pelléas) © Priska Ketterer
Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande emerges from an almost transcendent realm and creates a languorous atmosphere, even if it leaves some questions unanswered and realities unexplored
****1
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