Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande from the Proms

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In Pelléas and Mélisande, Claude Debussy defied opera's conventions -- or at least its stereotypes. The drama is murky, played out in a moody world of muted colors and subtle tension. There's very little that's extreme. But when it comes to intensity, Debussy had that covered from beginning to end. The whole opera is a sort of psychological, slow burn.

On World of Opera, Lisa Simeone presents Pelléas and Mélisande, Debussy's only completed opera, from one of music's premiere events, the 2012 Proms Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Soprano Karen Vourc'h and baritone Phillip Addis star in the title roles and the production also features the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra, with conductor John Eliot Gardiner.


Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

Mélisande: Karen Vourc'h (soprano)

Pelléas: Phillip Addis (baritone)

Golaud: Laurent Naouri (baritone)

Arkel: John Tomlinson (bass)

Geneviève: Elodie Méchain (mezzo-soprano)

Yniold: Dima Bawad (soprano)

Shepherd, Doctor: Nahuel di Pierro (bass) Doctor

Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra

Monteverdi Choir