City Of Light: Pelléas et Mélisande

Thursday 27 Nov 2014, 7.00pm
Royal Festival Hall, London


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Stéphane Degout baritone
Monica Bacelli mezzo soprano Mélisande
Laurent Naouri baritone
Felicity Palmer mezzo soprano
Darren Jeffery baritone
Jérôme Varnier bass
Chloé Briot soprano
Philharmonia Voices

Debussy’s only completed opera is a landmark in 20th century music. It is widely considered to be a perfect fusion of the French language and music, fulfilling the composer’s wish to ‘graft his dream’ on a text. Maeterlinck’s symbolist drama, focusing on a claustrophobic love triangle in the imaginary city of Allemonde, is made unforgettably poignant by Debussy’s music. This concert performance is sure to be a highlight of the City of Light series.

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This concert is part of the City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 series

City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 conceived and supported by Vincent Meyer, President Philharmonia Orchestra