Pelléas et Melisande

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Composer:

Claude Debussy

Librettist:

Claude Debussy (nach Maurice Maeterlinck)

Premiere:

30 April 1902, Paris (Opéra Comique)

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Pelléas et Melisande Synopsis

Libretto:

Pelléas et Melisande Libretto

Translation(s):

English

About the opera Pelléas et Melisande

Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas and Mélisande) is an opera in five acts with music by Claude Debussy. The French libretto was adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck's Symbolist play Pelléas et Mélisande. It premiered at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 30 April 1902 with Jean Périer as Pelléas and Mary Garden as Mélisande in a performance conducted by André Messager, who was instrumental in getting the Opéra-Comique to stage the work. The only opera Debussy ever completed, it is considered a landmark in 20th-century music.
The plot concerns a love triangle. Prince Golaud finds a mysterious young woman, Mélisande, lost in a forest. He marries her and brings her back to the castle of his grandfather, King Arkel of Allemonde. Here Mélisande becomes increasingly attached to Golaud's younger half-brother Pelléas, arousing Golaud's jealousy. Golaud goes to excessive lengths to find out the truth about Pelléas and Mélisande's relationship, even forcing his own child, Yniold, to spy on the couple. Pelléas decides to leave the castle but arranges to meet Mélisande one last time and the two finally confess their love for one another. Golaud, who has been eavesdropping, rushes out and kills Pelléas. Mélisande dies shortly after, having given birth to a daughter, with Golaud still begging her to tell him “the truth”.

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Roles in Pelléas et Melisande

Arkel Bass
Geneviève Contralto
Golaud Baritone or Bass-Baritone
Pelléas Tenor or Baritone
Mélisande Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano
Yniold Soprano or Treble
Doctor Bass
Shepherd Baritone

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All scenes from Pelléas et Melisande

Arias from Pelléas et Melisande
Duets from Pelléas et Melisande

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Voici ce qu'il écrit a son frere Pelleas Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: French

Roles: Geneviève
2Je ne pourrai plus sortir de cette foret Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritone or baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Golaud
3Oh! Pourquoi partez vous? Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Pelléas
4Vous etes des enfants..quels enfants! Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritone or baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Golaud
5Mes longs cheveux descendants Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Mélisande
6Oh! oh! toutes les etoiles tombent Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 4

Type: duetVoice: T/Br S/MzLanguage: French

Roles: Pelléas/Mélisande
7Maintenant que le pere de Pelleas est sauve Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Arkel
8Si j'etais Dieu j'aurais pitié du coer des hommes Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Arkel
9C'est le tour de la pauvre petite Popularity:

Opera: Pelléas et MelisandeComposer: DebussyAct: 5

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Arkel