Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy @Metropolitan Opera, New York
January 15, 2019 - January 31, 2019
Debussy’s only opera, a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal, returns to the Met stage for the first time in almost a decade, with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the landmark score. A pair of brilliant young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud. Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Arkel, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, as Geneviève, complete the cast.
Claude Debussy’s only finished full-length opera is a unique work. While the story’s basic format of a love triangle is familiar, almost everything else about the work is atypical. The characters rarely reveal their feelings or intentions, and the dialogue is often deliberately indirect, but the beauty of the sensuous vocal lines and the ravishing orchestral writing will appeal to anyone who is willing to listen beyond standard operatic techniques.
CONDUCTOR – Yannick Nézet-Séguin
MÉLISANDE – Isabel Leonard
GENEVIÈVE – Marie-Nicole Lemieux
PELLÉAS – Paul Appleby
GOLAUD – Kyle Ketelsen
ARKEL – Ferruccio Furlanetto
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.