Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Magdalena Kozena and Stephane Degout in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande Magdalena Kozena and Stephane Degout in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Most conductors choose something splashy yet conventional with which to make their Metropolitan Opera debut. Not Sir Simon Rattle. The British conductor finally appears at the Met in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, an elusive, symbol-laden opera built around a love triangle about unhappy people trapped in an ominous world of shadow and foreboding. This one-of-a-kind opera is a Rattle specialty, and playing the role of Mélisande is his wife, the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena. 

Baritone Stephane Degout plays the role of Pelleas; mezzo Felicity Palmer is Geneviève, tenor Gerald Finley is Golaud; Willard White plays King Arkel and boy soprano Neel Ram Nagarajan as Golaud's son, Yniold

"It's full of shadows, it's full of insinuations," Rattle recently told WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon. "It doesn't hit you dead on. It's also one of the most affecting and most emotional operas. It has a very, very special atmosphere."

Comments [11]

Peter Weis from New York

I had gotten a chance to see this just before christmas. It was simply beautiful. It was also the first time i had attended a opera. Can't wait to see more now.

Jan. 12 2011 12:57 AM

Sorry for the inconvenience with the schedule this weekend. The opera was delayed due to a live New Year's Day broadcast from Vienna. You can always check our schedule by clicking on Schedule in the navigation towards the top of the page, but we'll try to make this more clear for the future.

Jan. 03 2011 12:50 PM
Paulo from NYC

I can't see a reason why they had to delay the opera broadcast, the New Year’s Day Live from Vienna, was a live recorded broadcast from this morning 10.15am CET (5.15am ET) and broadcast here later in the day. They could have started that broadcast earlier so the Met could have gone out live as live. I do hope that this isn't the start of messing around with the Met broadcasts.

Jan. 01 2011 08:39 PM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

Oh thank God, something about murder and adultery. I had to turn off the sentimental Vienese crap. You can only take so much of these waltzes. Too much of that can give you diabetes.
Happy New Year.

Jan. 01 2011 02:12 PM
Charles from Carmel, NY

Re the delayed broadcast time, I checked Vermont Public Radio's listings and find the opera broadcast time is also from 1 to 5 PM. It is probably the fault of the Toll Bros. Met Broadcast organization rather than WQXR's, though admittedly WQXR could have given its listeners a head's-up on it. But complaining about WQXR's new setup seems to me like having your ship go down, being thrown a lifeline and then complaining that the rope is scratchy.

Jan. 01 2011 02:11 PM
Charles from Carmel, NY

Re the delayed broadcast time, I checked Vermont Public Radio's listings and find the opera broadcast time is also from 1 to 5 PM. It is probably the fault of the Toll Bros. Met Broadcast organization rather than WQXR's, though admittedly WQXR could have given its listeners a head's-up on it. But complaining about WQXR's new setup seems to me like having your ship go down, being thrown a lifeline and then complaining that the rope is scratchy.

Jan. 01 2011 02:10 PM
Mark Roth from Queens, NY

They DID start at 1 PM, as if nothing was out of the ordinary. I don't mind the delayed broadcast so much as the fact that nowhere was it mentioned on the Web site or by the announcers on the radio. They should have pointed out the discrepancy so that people wouldn't be confused.

Jan. 01 2011 01:12 PM
harold j. o'brien

this is a disgrace. the opera is taking place now live at 12 noon. so it must be a delayed broadcast @ 1 pm. Never had this when qxr was owned by the Times and run well. This is what you get from the new management, and we are supposed to donate to this? If you are interested the opera is on now LIVE on sirius.

Jan. 01 2011 12:35 PM
Suzanne from New York

Oh thank you, Mark. So it's not just me! The Met website lists the performance and broadcast as beginning at noon.

Jan. 01 2011 12:23 PM
Mark Roth from Queens, NY

Is this a delayed broadcast? The Metropolitan Opera schedule has it from 12 to 4.

Jan. 01 2011 12:14 PM
arnold sanchez from nj

why can't you state the running time for your operas.

thanks

arnold

Jan. 01 2011 09:47 AM

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