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Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd



Claude DebussyPelléas et Mélisande - opera in 5 acts


Esa-Pekka Salonen – Conductor
Monica Bacelli – Soprano
Stéphane Degout – baritone
Laurent Naouri – baritone
Dame Felicity Palmer – mezzo-soprano
Darren Jeffery – baritone

Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Voices

Programme Note

A performance of the magical Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy's sole operatic masterpiece.

Set to a libretto adapted by Maurice Maeterlinck from his own play, Debussy's only opera develops with a mystical fluidity which allows the tragic love-triangle to unfold without resorting to set pieces or outbursts of vocal histrionics.

Puccini - who rather liked the work - aptly described Pelléas as 'sombre and pure, like a Franciscan's habit'.

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