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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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TokyoPelléas et Mélisande

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Kazushi Ono; Katie Mitchell; New National Theatre; Lizzie Clachan; Chloe Lamford; James Farncombe; Bernard Richter
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A hi-gloss Pelléas et Mélisande falls flat in Geneva

Heroes emerge in adversity, and there are sterling turns from Leigh Melrose as a pugilistic Golaud and from the venerable Arkel of Matthew Best.
**111
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JPYA unite for a golden afternoon at Covent Garden

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

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

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. 
****1
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The lights are out in Allemonde: Pelléas at the Met

Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s proves the highlight of a frustrating evening at The Metropolitan Opera
***11
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