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Pelléas et Mélisande Debussy

David McVicar’s exquisite and absorbing new production not only embraces the themes of Pelléas et Mélisande, it powerfully amplifies them, both visually and through perfectly pitched theatrical nuance. A decent Scottish version of this opera has been lacking since the 1960s. This one redresses, no question

SCOTTISH OPERA GLASGOW

UK

Music *****

Staging ****

‘No time; no place; no big scene.’ With these words, Debussy spelt out the style of opera he aspired to create. Among the Symbolist dramas of Maurice Maeterlinck, notably of course Pelléas et Mélisande, he found exactly the text he was looking for. Reality is replaced by suggestiveness; questions are more important than answers.

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Christophe Rousset celebrates a quarter century at the forefront of the Early Music scene with Les Talens Lyriques; Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes Monteverdi’s three surviving operas on tour around the world; and our guide to the brightest and best opera festivals of 2017. Plus, remembering the velvet voice of Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda; individuality and imagination in the songs of Arthur Sullivan; Debussy’s ravishing Pelléas lets down its hair at Garsington; American baritone Scott Hendricks shares his love of playing bad boys; the art of the librettist; British conductor Nicholas Chalmers; and an 80th birthday tribute to Grace Bumbry.
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