An enigmatic tale of hidden longing and lingering suspicion.
Lost in the forest, a prince encounters an ethereal beauty with a mysterious past (and lush locks that would make Rapunzel envious). But after she's brought home to his family, she begins to grow increasingly close to his handsome younger brother.
Debussy's sensual, exquisitely nuanced score casts a hypnotic spell, capturing an enigmatic dream world where forbidden love blossoms.
Conducted by James Conlon, this fascinating lyric masterpiece stars two riveting young performers, soprano Sydney Mancasola and baritone Will Liverman, as the doomed lovers, and Kyle Ketelsen as the jealous prince. The magnificent Susan Graham makes her role debut as Geneviève, mother of the two rival brothers, and the legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto returns as King Arkel, the family patriarch unable to grasp the tragedy unfolding before him.
Sung in French with English subtitles.
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"A score of all-but-unbearable tenderness and beauty...McVicar and his lighting designer Paule Constable respond with moments of visual wonder to match Maeterlinck and Debussy’s imagery of light and water."
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Estimated running time: three hours and five minutes, including one intermission
Performed in French with English subtitles
A Scottish Opera production