VIDEO: Get A First Look At PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at The Met!
Watch in the video below as Paul Appleby, as Pelléas, and Isabel Leonard, as Mélisande, sing an excerpt from Act IV in the final dress rehearsal. Production: Sir Jonathan Miller. Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
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 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.
For tickets and more visit https://www.metopera.org/season/2018-19-season/pelleas-et-melisande/