Ballet & Dance

Concert Opera Pelléas et Mélisande

Claude Achille Debussy : Concert Opera Pelléas et Mélisande

<Opera in 5 Acts>
<Sung in French with Japanese supertitles>


Conductor : Wakasugi Hiroshi

Pelléas : Kondo Masanobu
Mélisande : Hamada Rie
Golaud : Hoshino Jun
Arkél : Otsuka Hiroaki
Le petit Yniold : Kunimitsu Tomoko
Un médecin / Le Berger : Arikawa Fumio
Geneviéve : Teratani Chieko
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

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2:00 X X
Doors will open 45 minutes before the opening of the performance.

  Available from Wednesday 16 April, 2008 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

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This is the premiere of Artistic Director Wakasugi Hiroshi’s new project the “Concert Opera”. This project will present operatic masterpieces in a concert style. Orchestra will play in the orchestra pit. Japanese leading singers will be cast. Conductor will be Wakasugi Hiroshi himself. The program will feature the impressionist opera “Pelléas et Mélisande” written by Claude Debussy. Operatic performances in a concert style have been done before at the Suntory Hall in the “hall opera” style, at the Bunkamura in “opera concertante”, as well as at various orchestra concerts. The most significant difference between our performance and previous performances is how the orchestra, singers, and chorus will be positioned. At most concerts of this work, the orchestra, singers, and chorus all share the stage. However, in our “Concert Opera” project, the orchestra will reside in the orchestra pit, and singers will be on the stage. As this is a theatric work, this arrangement should realize the ideal acoustic. This concert will be co-presented together with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.


ACT I. SCENE I. In a forest. Widowed Prince Golaud finds Mélisande, and successfully brings her back to the castle. SCENE II. In the castle. Queen Geneviéve reads to the blind old King Arkél a letter Pelléas has received from his brother Golaud. SCENE III. Before the castle. Mélisande becomes Golaud’s wife. As Geneviéve goes and checks on Yniold (Golaud’s little son by his first marriage), Mélisande and Pelléas are left conversing.

ACT II. SCENE I. A fountain in the garden. Mélisande loses the wedding ring in the water. SCENE II. In a castle room. Golaud is upset by the missing ring. SCENE III. At the grotto entrance. Mélisande lied about where she lost the ring, so she and Pelléas head into the grotto near the seaside together.

ACT III. SCENE I. Mélisande, looking from her tower window, sings as she combs her hair. Pelléas approaches her and praises her beauty. Golaud breaks in upon the scene and chides for their childishness. SCENE II. In the vault under the castle, Golaud leads Pelléas into the underground room where the breeze of death blows. SCENE III. As they emerge, Golaud warns Pelléas to keep away from Mélisande. SCENE IV. Before the castle. Golaud is with Yniold. Suspicious, Golaud gets his son to peek into Mélisande’s room.

ACT IV. SCENE I. Inside the castle. Pelléas asks Mélisande that he wants to see her again because he is due to depart tomorrow. SCENE II. Jealous and enraged, Golaud drags Mélisande across the room by her hair. SCENE III. By the garden fountain. Yniold is playing with a golden ball. Shepherds voices are chasing herds of sheep. SCENE IV. The fountain at night. Pelléas and Mélisande declare their love for each other. And then Golaud storms in and kills Pelléas with his sword.

ACT V. Inside the castle. Mélisande lies stretched out in bed. The physician informs that her death is near. Golaud begs her pardon, but insistently questions about her relations with his brother. Arkél stops him, and shows her the new baby. Mélisande quietly dies. The king observes that “it is now the child’s turn”.

Wakasugi Hiroshi
Wakasugi Hiroshi

Kondo Masanobu Hamada Rie Hoshino Jun Teratani Chieko
Kondo Masanobu
Hamada Rie
Hoshino Jun
Teratani Chieko

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