Pelléas et Mélisande
Opera in the Concert Hall

Book Now

Pelléas et Mélisande
Opera in the Concert Hall

Charles Dutoit – a supreme interpreter of French music – conducts a rare Sydney performance of Debussy's spellbinding opera Pelléas et Mélisande.

Composed at the dawn of the 20th century, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande emerged from the shadow of Wagner – completely inconceivable without the precedent of Tristan und Isolde and yet in nearly every way 'anti-Tristan'. We might be bringing opera into the concert hall in our performances, but Debussy was bringing the symphony into the opera theatre. Forget the set-piece arias of traditional opera, this is drama that soars on the wings of seamless symphonic writing. And the speech rhythms of Maeterlinck's Symbolist text are as integral to the sound as the extraordinary washes of colour from the orchestra. You won't be able to resist this heartbreaking tragedy or the gorgeously sensual atmosphere of Debussy's music.

Change of Artist: Following an accident at home which resulted in a broken foot, Sandrine Piau has been instructed by her doctors not to undertake any air travel during the coming weeks. As a result she has regretfully had to withdraw from these performances of Pelléas et Mélisande. We are grateful to Michaela Selinger for taking on the role of Mélisande at short notice. 

Estimated durations: Acts 1 to 3 - 93 minutes 20-minute interval, Acts 4 to 5 - 65 minutes.
The performance will conclude at approximately 10.10pm.

 

Winter Nights on Spotify

Winter Nights on Spotify

Get inspired to get out of your house and into ours this winter with music you’ll hear at our performances in 2017!

LISTEN NOW

Pre-concert talk

Pre-Concert Talk

Join us for the pre-concert talk by David Garrett in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before each performance.

Read David's Bio

Sponsored By

  • APT
Shefali's Playlist

Shefali's Playlist

8 Aug

City Recital Hall

Book Now
Gnarly Buttons

Gnarly Buttons

13 Aug

Carriageworks

Book Now
Beethoven & Bruckner

Beethoven & Bruckner

17-19 Aug

Sydney Opera House

Book Now
Imogen Cooper in Recital

Imogen Cooper in Recital

21 Aug

City Recital Hall

Book Now
New World Memories

New World Memories

23-26 Aug

Sydney Opera House

Book Now