September 10: Pelléas et Mélisande (1902)
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Premiered at the Opéra-Comique, Paris (1902), with Mary Garden in the title role (instead of Maeterlinck's mistress, Georgette Leblanc), directed by Albert Carré, and conducted by André Messager.
Libretto (in French) (English translation): Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911) (play premiered in 1893). Also set to music by Gabriel Fauré, Suite of incidental music, op. 80 (1898); Arnold Schoenberg's symphonic poem, op. 5; and Jan Sibelius's incidental music, op. 46.
Most famous performance: Covent Garden, 1969, with Pierre Boulez conducting.
This opera will be produced at the Metropolitan Opera, from January 29 to February 8, 2005 (with a live radio broadcast on February 5, 2005).
See the information on Pelléas et Mélisande from the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center.
- Dr. Downey, Maurice Maeterlinck and the "Theater of the Unexpressed"
- Dr. Downey, Other Notes on Pelléas
- Lindsay Heller, Other Settings of "Pelleas" (Faure, pt. 1)
- Lindsay Heller, Other Settings of Pelleas (Faure, pt. 2)
- Lindsay Heller, Other Settings of "Pelleas" (Schoenberg)
- Lindsay Heller, Other Settings of "Pelleas" (Sibelius)
- Grace Cho, Act 1, Pelleas et Melisande
- Tim Ballard, Acts IV and V of Pelleas et Mélisande - by Debussy