Opera On 3 - Pelléas Et Mélisande

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Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande

Simon Rattle brings his interpretation of Debussy's enigmatic score to the Royal Opera House, in a production first shown at the 2006 Salzburg Festival and featuring a strong cast led by Simon Keenlyside, together with Gerald Finley and Angelika Kirchschlager.

The mysterious Mélisande is discovered wandering in a forest by the prince Golaud, who marries her and takes her back with him to his grandfather's foreboding castle.

Mélisande meets Golaud's half-brother Pelléas, and a tragedy unfolds as they are irresistably drawn towards each other.

Pelléas, grandson of Arkel....Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Mélisande....Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Golaud, grandson of Arkel....Gerald Finley (baritone)

Arkel, King of Allemonde....Robert Lloyd (bass)

Genevieve, mother of Pelléas and Golaud....Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)

Yniold, Golaud's son from a former liaison....Tom Norrington (treble)

The Doctor/The Shepherd....Robert Gleadow (bass)

The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera Chorus

Simon Rattle (conductor).