A rare and magical opera, Claude Debussy’s “Pelleas et Mélisande” will be performed from January 30 to February 8 at the Lille Opera. Under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, whose discography has won multiple awards all over the world.
It is both a fantastic tale, a supernatural love drama, a hypnotic work and above all a fascinating musical and poetic experience, full of mystery and sensuality.
Pelléas and Mélisande, almost the only opera by Claude Debussy, is also a unique work in the history of music. A milestone that definitely brought the highly codified genre of sung theater into modernity, from its creation in 1902. No great lyrical arias here, but a fascinating sound and poetic universe, frozen between dream and reality, like this family drama that seems straight out of a fairy tale.
” It is also an ideal work for those who have never been to the opera “, explains the conductor François-Xavier Roth, who will conduct Pelléas at the Lille Opera at the head of his ensemble Les Siècles. ” This work does not respond to any code, we enter this universe of immense poetry and we come out different “.
Directed by Daniel Jeanneteau, a great specialist of Maurice Maeterlinck (the symbolist poet author of the text), in the company of exceptional singers (Alexandre Duhamel, Julien Behr, Vannina Santoni), this Pelléas and Mélisandewas to be mounted in Lille in 2021. The Covid epidemic decided otherwise, depriving the show of its audience. A recording has however been made, which today has won international awards (including a very recent International Classic Award).
It is this same team that returns to Lille to present this exceptional show to the northern public.
Far from the usual clichés of an ethereal and plaintive Mélisande, Daniel Janneteau chose to stage a woman full of determination, actress of her life. In a word, modern. With his ensemble Les Siècles, on period instruments, François-Xavier Roth wishes to bring new colors to the score.
Enter the dark forest where Pelléas and Mélisande will play out their destiny. This journey to the end of the night promises to be audacious and hypnotic.
January 30, February 2, 6 and 8 at 8 p.m., Saturday February 4 at 6 p.m., at the Lille Opera. Prices: 5 to 72 euros (03 62 21 21 21 and billetterie.opera-lille.fr)
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“Pelléas et Mélisande”, Debussy magic at the Lille Opera from January 30 to February 8