Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude DebussyFestival Aix-en-Provence 2016

174 min
Available from 06/07/2020 to 05/08/2020

After 40 years in the wilderness, Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande returned to the stage at the Aix-en-Provence Festival 2016. Katie Mitchell’s dreamy production stars a resplendent Barbara Hannigan and Stéphane Degout as the unhappy lovers of the title.

Debussy’s opera is shot through with intricate, tender arias and symphonic intermezzi with daring harmonies and atmospheric fermatas.Five acts full of gossamer-like, deathly poetry make Pelléas et Mélisande one of the key works of the early 20th century.

Prince Golaud discovers the fair Mélisande in the depths of the forest.Despite knowing nothing about her, he makes her his wife and escorts her back to his palace.There Mélisande falls in love with her husband’s half-brother Pelléas.Golaud is so consumed by jealousy that he murders his brother.Overwhelmed by grief, Mélisande dies in childbirth.

This eagerly anticipated production by British director Katie Mitchell also features the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of its chief conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.


  • With :
    • Stéphane Degout (Pelléas)
    • Barbara Hannigan (Mélisande)
    • Laurent Naouri (Golaud)
    • Franz Josef Selig (Arkel)
    • Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (Geneviève)
    • Chloé Briot (Yniold)
    • Thomas Dear (The doctor)
  • Composer :
    • Claude Debussy
  • Director :
    • Katie Mitchell
  • TV production :
    • Corentin Leconte
  • Music director :
    • Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Orchestra :
    • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Choir :
    • Cape Town Opera Chorus
  • Choreography :
    • Joseph W. Alford
  • Libretto :
    • Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Sets :
    • Lizzie Clachan
  • Costumes :
    • Chloé Lamford
  • Lighting :
    • James Farncombe
  • Dramaturge :
    • Martin Crimp
  • Country :
    • France
  • Year :
    • 2016