Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival

Stefan Herheim, one of Europe's most exciting directors, makes his company debut with Glyndebourne's first new production of Pelléas in nearly 20 years. Check out production photos below!

A mysterious woman, a forbidden love, a family torn apart.

When Prince Golaud meets the mysterious Mélisande, he falls instantly in love with this beautiful, broken girl. So does his brother Pelléas. Cloaked in the darkness of the shadowy kingdom of Allemonde, this passionate love triangle unfolds in hints and suggestions, glimpses and glances, elusive right up to its tragic conclusion.

Sharing the sensuous, dreamlike soundworld of Debussy's La Merand Prélude à l'après-midi d'un Faune, Pelléas et Mélisandecelebrates the colour and power of the contemporary orchestra in an evocative score, rich in human emotion. 'Forget you are singers,' Debussy told his original cast, and the result is a musical drama whose instinctive truths speak straight to the heart - a delicate fairytale that whispers where other operas shout.

Stefan Herheim, makes his Glyndebourne debut with a bold staging that promises to cut to the core of this timeless, symbolist tale, reimagining the story from a fresh perspective.

The cast includes Christopher Purves, Christina Gansch, Karen Cargill, Brindley Sherratt, John Chest, Chloé Briot, Michael Mofidian, and Michael Wallace.

The production is now on stage through August 9th. For tickets visit: https://www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2018/pelleas-et-melisande/

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Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Arkel (Brindley Sherratt) and Geneviève (Karen Cargill)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Mélisande (Christina Gansch)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Yniold (Chloé Briot) and Golaud (Christopher Purves)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Pelléas (John Chest) and Mélisande (Christina Gansch)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Pelléas (John Chest) and Mélisande (Christina Gansch)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Geneviève (Karen Cargill)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Act I scene.

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch) and Golaud (Christopher Purves)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Arkel (Brindley Sherratt) and actors (Chris Orr, Sarah Mann, Ashley Bain and Megan King)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Geneviève (Karen Cargill)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Arkel (Brindley Sherratt), Pelléas (John Chest) and Geneviève (Karen Cargill)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Geneviève (Karen Cargill), Mélisande (Christina Gansch) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Pelléas (John Chest) and Mélisande (Christina Gansch)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Yniold (Chloé Briot)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Yniold (Chloé Briot)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Act IV scene

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Pelléas (John Chest), Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Mélisande (Christina Gansch)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch), Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch), Golaud (Christopher Purves) and Pelléas (John Chest)

Photo Flash: PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at the Glyndebourne Festival
Mélisande (Christina Gansch) and Golaud (Christopher Purves)

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