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Wed, Jul 17



Assistant Conductor - Bayerische Staatsoper: Pelléas et Mélisande

Composition: Claude Debussy | Libretto: Maurice Maeterlink | Conductor: Hannu Lintu | Director: Jetske Mijnssen | Stage design: Ben Baur | Lighting: Bernd Purkrabek | Choreography: Dustin Klein | Choruses: Franz Obermair | Dramaturgy: Ariane Bliss

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Assistant Conductor - Bayerische Staatsoper: Pelléas et Mélisande
Assistant Conductor - Bayerische Staatsoper: Pelléas et Mélisande

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Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

München, Max-Joseph-Platz 2, 80539 München, Germany

About the event

The opera Pelléas et Mélisande, world premiere in 1902 in  Paris, is based on the eponymous play by Flemish symbolist Maurice  Maeterlinck, a tragically ending fairy-tale love triangle surrounding  the stepbrothers Golaud and Pelléas and the mysterious Mélisande loved  by both. For him the external plot is not the core of the drama, says  Maeterlinck – for him is far more about trying to, “go deeper into the  human consciousness.” The model for this is Allemonde Castle, a grim,  oppressive place without light. The actual plot remains vague, so in his  opera Claude Debussy also plumbs psychological depths and topicalises  subliminal emotional processes. His music is always “reticent”,  approaching silence again and again. The composition dazzles in the most  diverse colours, which subtly illuminate the characters. Pelléas et Mélisande is a tragedy of the inner self, enigmatic, morbid, deeply sad and full  of beauty. Appearing for the first time at the Bayerische Staatsoper  with this production, Dutch director Jetske Mijnssen directs.


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