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Pelléas et Mélisande

Claude Debussy created this dream-like work – an introverted, enigmatic opera, seeming to vocalize the subconscious – based on the symbolist and iridescent play by Maurice Materlink. Dispensed of all drama, the declamatory and recitative-style music, according to Debussy, is a »description of what is not visible in nature«. It whispers subliminal messages on the mental processes of alienation between those bound by marriage and confides to us the tragedy between the unfortunate lovers Pelleas and Melisande. The »drame lyrique« by Debussy premiered in Paris in 1902 and was so unique that its post-Wagnerian yet veristic context must have been disconcerting. It did not take long, however, for this incredibly magical opera to conquer a worldwide audience. The Catalan theater group La Fura dels Baus, which has long since achieved cult status and is equally unique and internationally successful today, has agreed to stage this opera – in a sensational, moving and visually stunning creation far beyond any traditions.

Opera in five acts
Performed in French with German surtitles

Premiere 24 Jan 2015


Next Performances / Casting

24 Jan 2015
07:00 pm
26 Jan 2015
02:00 pm
01 Feb 2015
07:00 pm
05 Feb 2015
07:00 pm
08 Feb 2015
07:00 pm
11 Feb 2015
07:00 pm

Musical Director: Mikko Franck
Staging: Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus)
Set Design: Alfons Flores
Costume Design: Lluc Castells
Lighting Design: Marco Filibeck
Dramaturgy: Stefan Ulrich
Choreinstudierung: N.N.

Casting 26 Jan 2015

Mélisande: Camilla Tilling
Geneviève: Christa Mayer
Pelléas: Phillip Addis
Golaud: Markus Marquardt
Arkel: Tilmann Rönnebeck
Yniold: N.N.
Ein Arzt: Tomislav Lucic