Pelléas et Mélisande

with Natalie Dessay and Simon Keenlyside

19 April 2011 / 18:30

Tickets £12/18.50/25/35/45

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Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande

Orchestre de Paris
Louis Langrée
Natalie Dessay Mélisande
Simon Keenlyside Pelléas
Marie-Nicole Lemieux Geneviève
Laurent Naouri Golaud
Alain Vernhes Arkel
Khatouna Gadelia Yniold
Nahuel Di Pierro Doctor

Concert performance

The astonishingly richly-scored Pelléas at Mélisande was the only opera Debussy wrote. It brought the 19th century to a close by looking firmly, ambitiously – and ultimately influentially – towards the 20th century. A beautiful, haunting sound world of darkness and light, and between them dreamy sweeps of impressionistic colour, the score is a gift for a conductor sensitive to its depth and charm.

Louis Langrée and the Orchestre de Paris are musicians steeped in the French world of Debussy's music. The lead roles are taken by two of the most thrillingly engaging singers on today's stage, both renowned for their ability to embody characters: Natalie Dessay as Mélisande and Simon Keenlyside as Pelléas.

'Natalie Dessay, who is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world, has also shown herself to be one of the most intuitive and risk-taking singers before the public.' The New York Times

‘Keenlyside imbues each song with an uncannily rich clarity, combining emotive passion with stylish delicacy.’ The Scotsman

Promoted by the Barbican

In Association with the Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris

This event is part of:
10 / 11 Season Classical concerts
10 / 11 Season Classical concerts
Great Performers 2010-2011


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