DEBUSSY, C.: Pelleas et Melisande (Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, 2012)


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Pelleas et Melisande

Venue: Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen
Playing Time: 02:30:24
Catalogue Number: A05050011



Music of introverted tenderness and a libretto that hints at much and offers few answers - such is Pelleas et Melisande, Claude Debussy's only completed opera. Dubbed "Drama lyrique" by the composer himself, and written in 1902 at a time when the subconscious, the psyche, dreams and urges commanded the attention of science and art, this music searches the souls of its characters with its subtle nuances. Pelleas and Golaud are half-brothers, each loving the girl-from-nowhere Melisande. The elder, dominant Golaud makes her his wife; the younger Pelleas is the soul-mate of the taciturn, strangely vulnerable Melisande and an equally mysterious bond of concealed love is formed between them. The consummately precise staging by Nikolaus Lehnhoff has a cast to match these wondrous sounds. This exceptional production "achieves what actually can only be understood as magic." (Die Welt)

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