Opera in the 20th Century

September 04, 2004

September 10: Pelléas et Mélisande (1902)

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Mélisande, by Man RayClaude 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.

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Roger Nichols et al., Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande, Cambridge Opera Handbooks (1989)
Claude Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande, Montreal Symphony, Charles Dutoit (1991)
Claude Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande, Covent Garden, Pierre Boulez (1991)
Claude Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande, Maria Ewing, Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado (1992)
Claude Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande, Anne Sofie von Otter, Bernard Haitink (2002)