Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (3-CD) – The Metropolitan Opera

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Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (3-CD) – The Metropolitan Opera

Composer: Claude Debussy
Artists: José van Dam, Jeannette Pilou, Dale Duesing, Jocelyne Taillon, Jerome Hines, Clark Utterback, Philip Cokorinos, Julien Robbins, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: James Levine
Number of Discs: 3
Label: The Metropolitan Opera

James Levine beautifully evokes a world of inexpressible passions and undefined dangers in a spellbinding performance of Debussy's only opera. José van Dam is the definitive Golaud, leading the cast of this 1983 broadcast, which features Jeannette Pilou and Dale Duesing as the lovers of the title.

This set also includes a bonus CD with highlights from two classic performances featuring Frederica von Stade, Teresa Stratas, Dwayne Croft, and Gabriel Bacquier.

“The Metropolitan Opera's production of Pelléas…strikes a nice balance between realism and wispy myth.” (New York Times)
 



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History

Pelléas et Mélisande

Composed in 1895, Pelléas et Mélisande is the only opera Claude Debussy ever completed. It is considered a landmark in 20th-century music.

Performed in five acts, the story is about the love triangle between Prince Golaud, Mélisande, a mysterious young woman lost in a forest whom he marries and Golaud’s younger half-brother Pelléas, who has a passionate relationship with Mélisande. In the end this is a classic tale of love, betrayal and death.

Set in the mythical kingdom of Allemonde, the era is not indicated, but the ambience of the story is medieval, more suggestive than specific.

It premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on April 30,1902, was performed at the Met in 2011 then returned almost a decade later in its 2018–19 season.

 

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