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Debussy

Pelléas et Mélisande

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[Only available to stream in select countries. See FAQs for more details.] 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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Performance Date

Jan 1, 2011

Composer

Claude Debussy

Librettist

Maurice Maeterlinck

Run Time

2 HRS 52 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus