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Pelléas et Mélisande

In 1902, inspired by Maurice Maeterlinck's play, Claude Debussy succeeded in creating a masterpiece, a strange lyrical object that was to remain his only completed opera. Pelléas and Mélisande is the tragic story of the fierce Mélisande who, in a distant country of immense sadness, is the wife of Golaud, only to meet and fall in love with his half-brother Pelléas. Debussy found wonderful musical equivalences in a score of restraint, rich in so many echoes.

Alejo Pérez and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg will embrace the composer's unusual instrumental combinations and his use of whole tone scales, parallel triads, as well as unorthodox seventh and ninth chords that produce exotic, hot-house sounds giving the work an original musical voice perfectly suited to the play.

Pelléas' role will be performed by South African classical baritone Jacques Imbrailo, and Mélisande by Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen. Debussy's ethereal music, coupled with Maeterlinck's mind games, have challenged many stage directors. The masterful Marina Abramovi? will create the set design for this production. Famous for her performances and installations, she is not someone who is likely to be daunted by the task at hand. Art direction and choreography will be by the renowned Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.

Direction musicale Alejo Pérez
Mise en scène & chorégraphie Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet
Scénographie & concept Marina Abramovi?
Lumières Urs Schönebaum
Vidéo Marco Brambilla
Costumes Iris van Herpen Pelléas Jacques Imbrailo
Mélisande Mari Eriksmoen
Golaud Leigh Melrose
Geneviève  Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo 
Arkel Matthew Best
Yniold Anat Erdi
Doctor & Shepherd Markus Suihkonen Danseurs Ballet Vlaanderen
Chœur Opera Vlaanderen
Orchestre Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg Première de cette production à l'Opera Ballet Vlaanderen le 2 février 2018 Production Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Coproduction Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg, Göteborgsoperan Göteborg, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Représentations à Luxembourg en collaboration avec l'Orchestre Philharmonique du LuxembourgJeudi 14  JUIN 2018  à 20h00 (tickets)
Samedi 16  JUIN 2018  à 20h00 (tickets)
DURÉE  3h00 & entracte
Introduction à l'opéra par Monsieur Stéphane Gilbart des Amis de l'Opéra une demi-heure avant la représentation  (en langue française)Adultes 65 , 40 , 25 / Jeunes 8 / Kulturpass bienvenu Lieu: Grand Théâtre / Grande Salle  


Sa 16 June 2018 20:00 Horaire


Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman



(c) Rahi Rezvani