Pelleas et Melisande: Iconic Productions Day 8

“I have gone out of my way to demonstrate that Debussy was writing very specific music for very specific situations. When you actually put it all out there, when you take the trouble to make a believable existence, note by note, bar by bar for these characters, you realize this opera is so filled with life, and with detail, that it becomes anything but the boring opera of the season. On the contrary, it’s a sizzler.” – Peter Sellars, on his staging of Pelléas et Mélisande (1995)

The cast of Pelleas et Melisande (1995); Photo Credit: Ken Howard

The cast of Pelléas et Mélisande (1995); Photo Credit: Ken Howard

LA Opera presented Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in 1995. The opera is about a love triangle between Prince Golaud, his wife Mélisande, and his half brother Pelléas. At its core, Debussy’s opera is a piece about the destruction of a family from within and this is something director Peter Sellars brought home with his staging.

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