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.
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One hour before each performance begins, join Music Director James Conlon for a pre-show talk about Pelléas and Mélisande in Stern Grand Hall, on the second floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Admission is complimentary with your ticket.
A personal invitation from Maestro James Conlon to Pelléas and Mélisande:
"A consistently excellent cast"
Watch "Maestro James Conlon on Debussy, the first Impressionist composer" a Hammer Channel video from March 05, 2023. Watch Here >>
Listen to this haunting clip from Act 1 of Pelléas et Mélisande:
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Estimated running time: three hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission
Performed in French with English subtitles
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A Scottish Opera production
Production made possible by generous support from
Dunard Fund USA
GRoW @ Annenberg
With special appreciation to
Gregory and Régina Annenberg Weingarten