Pelléas et Mélisande
Music by Claude Achille DEBUSSY
Opera in 5 Acts
Sung in French with English and Japanese surtitles
Sous le parrainage de:
Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon
2 Jul - 17 Jul, 2022 ( 5 Performances )
Running time is approx. 3 hours and 25 mins including one interval
Co-production with the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera
"Pelléas et Mélisande" is the only opera by French impressionist composer Claude Achille DEBUSSY. DEBUSSY strove to produce a uniquely French opera. To this end he both incorporated the leitmotiv technique and, using a unique musical syntax, composed music rich in colour and contrast to express the vitality of nature - light, water, mist and wind - as depicted in the play by Maurice MAETERLINCK. DEBUSSY made the music fuse with the meter of the French language, and used restraint in his depictions of the suffering and rising emotions of the characters on stage for a richly textured portrayal. This tale of love and hatred in an impenetrable fortress is told with mystery, symbolism and an air of tension, the drama cleansed at the end with the serenity of the postlude.
The production is directed by Katie MITCHELL, director of many plays and operas in Britain and highly acclaimed for the sense of reality she achieves with her distinctive sensibilities and rationale. First performed at the 2016 Aix-en-Provence Festival, this production of "Pelléas et Mélisande" is a modern retelling of the drama as the dream of a woman who has come into a household. Conducting is ONO Kazushi, the Artistic Director of Opera of the NNTT. The young lovers Pelléas and Mélisande will be performed by Bernard RICHTER and Karen VOURC'H, both made great success in the roles. Golaud is performed by the veteran French baritone Laurent NAOURI, who also performed in the Aix-de-Provence.
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NEWS & FEATURES
Cast change for Pelléas et Mélisande on 17 July (role of Geneviève)
Cast change for Pelléas et Mélisande on 6 July (role of Yniold)
Golaud gets lost while out hunting, encounters Mélisande weeping by a spring, and takes her back with him. Half a year later, Golaud writes his half-brother Pelléas a letter saying how much he wishes their father, the aged kind Arkel, would give him permission to marry. The king then has Golaud’s new wife brought to the castle. Mélisande, who has cｒome to the castle, meets with Pelléas. They talk with each other while watching the sight of the boat that brought her disappear into the distance.
Pelléas takes Mélisande to the Fountain of the Blind, which is in the castle grounds, and tells her of its power. Mélisande accidentally drops the wedding ring that Golaud gave her into the fountain.
At that moment, Golaud falls from his horse in the forest and is gravely injured. While attending to her husband in his room, Mélisande tells him how her mind will never be at rest while at the castle. Golaud then notices that she is not wearing her ring and vehemently presses her to explain. Mélisande lies, saying she lost it while gathering seashells for Golaud’s son, Yniold. Upon Golaud’s orders, Mélisande, seized with fear, heads to a cave by the seashore accompanied by Pelléas.
It is a moonlit night, and Mélisande is combing her hair in her chamber. Pelléas rides by, sees her long hair, and is captivated by it; upon which, Golaud appears, and castigates the two for their behavior. The next day, Golaud leads Pelléas underground and tells him not to do anything that will disturb the pregnant Mélisande. Golaud then closely questions Yniold about what might be going on between Pelléas and Mélisande and compels him to spy on his mother’s chamber.
Golaud, consumed by jealousy, comes to the room where Arkel and Mélisande are talking, grabs his wife by the hair and throws her to the floor. That evening, Pelléas, who is going on a journey, asks her at the last minute to join him. Mélisande makes her way to the fountain. Under the light of the moon, the two confess their love for each other and kiss. Golaud appears right then and there and kills Pelléas. Mélisande, who had made her escape, gives birth to a girl, and is on her deathbed. Golaud, while extending her his forgiveness, nevertheless obstinately presses her to tell him what her relationship was with his brother. Arkel brings Golaud into line, and hands Mélisande the baby for her to embrace. Mélisande breathes her last, leaving them all behind.
N.B. This production is staged in two parts.
Photo: Festival d'Aix-en-Provence ©Patrick Berger / ArtComPress
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: ONO Kazushi
Production: Katie MITCHELL
Set Design: Lizzie CLACHAN
Costume Design: Chloe LAMFORD
Lighting Design: James FARNCOMBE
Choreographer: Joseph ALFORD
Revival Director: Gilles RICO
Pelléas: Bernard RICHTER
Mélisande: Karen VOURC’H
Golaud: Laurent NAOURI
Arkel: TSUMAYA Hidekazu
Yniold: KUSHIMA Kanae (MAEKAWA Yoriko on 6 July)
Un médecin: KONO Teppei
Geneviève: HAMADA Rie (TAMURA Yukie on 17 July)
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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