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Opéra Comédie

Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande

From 03 June TO 07 June 2020
Opéra Comédie - Montpellier
Program

Debussy : Pelléas et Mélisande

Cast
  • Conductor
    Kirill Karabits
  • Director
    Benjamin Lazar
  • Performers
    Pelléas: Marc Mauillon
    Mélisande: Judith Chemla
    Golaud: André Morsch
    Geneviève: Elodie Méchain
    Arkel: Vincent Letexier
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Opéra Comédie - Montpellier Location 11 Boulevard Victor Hugo - 34000 Montpellier France

  • Venue's Capacity: 1000

The Venue's History in few words …

It can accommodate 1200 people on 5 levels and is decorated by a multitude of friezes and columns on which are found the leaves and flowers of acanthus but also various symbolic elements of antiquity and art.
The sky of this room (ceiling) was realized by the painter Arnaud d'Urbec. It represents an allegory of the city of Montpellier. You will find the Arc de Triomphe, the climbing wine, the water tower ...
The chandelier weighs about 1.8 tons and has 120 light bulbs. It is made of Baccarat crystal and adorned with Greek masks and lyres.
When you look at the stage, you can see several curtains. First of all, the lambrequin, a wooden curtain painted trompe l'oeil, on which can be read the year of inauguration of the Opera: 1888. The little red curtain located just below is called the mantle D'Arlequin, in reference to the famous character of the Comedia dell'arte. Finally, behind this stage curtain is the "Iron Curtain", which serves as a firewall in case of a fire.

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Synopsis

Pelléas et Mélisande

PELLEAS AND MELISANDE, A MAGNIFICIENT TRAGIC OPERA

The intriguing work Pelléas et Mélisande from the French composer Claude Debussy is a tragic opera of heartfelt emotional power and depth. Featuring a libretto adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck's play of the same name, it had its première at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1902. It has since become one of the most respected operatic works in history. It is the only opera that Debussy ever completed and has retained its fascination to all lovers of classical performance ever since. The assortment of different world-wide productions and recordings are evidence of the opera's continued popularity.

HISTORY

Concerning a love triangle of romantic intensity, Pelléas et Mélisande taps into fundamental human concerns of love, power and devotion. Set in a legendary land of wonder and myth, the plot deals with the concerns of the two title characters and the aggressively jealous Prince Golaud. The mystical elements of the plot form a profound sense of heightened realism that gives the piece a marvellous transporting effect.

Act 1

The widowed Price Golaud finds the frightened girl Mélisande while lost in a forest. Mainly through fear she consents to follow him. Six months later in the castle of Golaud's father King Arkel, the King's other son Pelléas reads out the letter of matrimony that Golaud has sent. The king agrees to the marriage and the couple soon appear at the castle.

Act 2

Pelléas and Mélisande become increasingly attracted to each other. At a forest well they realise that they are in love. In a significant scene, she loses her wedding ring in the well. Golaud becomes increasingly suspicious of the two and sets about questioning the young lovers. The prince angrily warns Pelléas that Mélisande is pregnant with his child. He then interrogates the young man before turning his questions to his own son from a previous marriage, little Yniold. The child can revel nothing, and his father is left in moody contemplation.

Act 3

Pelléas tells Mélisande of his intention to leave the castle, finding the romantic entanglements too difficult. They agree to one final tryst. This is broken up by an enraged Golaus who witnesses them from the shadows. He storms in on the two and strikes Pelléas down with his sword. The pregnant Mélisande gives birth to her and Golaus's baby. The tragic opera draws to a final close with a dying Mélisande adamant of her love for Pelléas and a grief stricken Golaus dejected and alone.

THE MAIN ROLES

Arkel, King of Allemonde, bass
Geneviève, mother of Golaud and Pelléas, contralto
Golaud, grandson of Arkel, baritone
Pelléas, grandson of Arkel, tenor
Mélisande, lover of Pelléas, soprano
Yniold, the young son of Golaud, soprano

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