Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Pelléas et Mélisande
(Jan. 1, 2011)
Composer: Claude Debussy
Librettist: Maurice Maeterlinck
Rattle; Kozená, Palmer, Degout, Finley, White
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
Star conductor Simon Rattle leads a superb cast in this mesmerizing performance of Debussy’s rarely staged opera. Stéphane Degout and Magdalena Kožená are the tragic title couple—lovers caught in a web of passion as strong as it is forbidden. Gerald Finley delivers a remarkable portrayal of Golaud, Mélisande’s husband and Pelléas’s half-brother, and Felicity Palmer is their mother, Geneviève. Willard White brings dramatic and vocal intensity to the brief but crucial role of the blind old king Arkel.
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