A mysterious woman, a forbidden love, a family torn apart.
Stefan Herheim, one of Europe’s most exciting directors, makes his company debut with Glyndebourne’s first new production of Pelléas in nearly 20 years.
When Prince Golaud meets the mysterious Mélisande, he falls instantly in love with this beautiful, broken girl. So does his brother Pelléas. Cloaked in the darkness of the shadowy kingdom of Allemonde, this passionate love triangle unfolds in hints and suggestions, glimpses and glances, elusive right up to its tragic conclusion.
A delicate fairytale
Sharing the sensuous, dreamlike soundworld of Debussy’s La Mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune, Pelléas et Mélisande celebrates the colour and power of the contemporary orchestra in an evocative score, rich in human emotion. ‘Forget you are singers,’ Debussy told his original cast, and the result is a musical drama whose instinctive truths speak straight to the heart – a delicate fairytale that whispers where other operas shout.
Stefan Herheim, makes his Glyndebourne debut with a bold staging that promises to cut to the core of this timeless, symbolist tale, reimagining the story from a fresh perspective.
Important dates for Festival 2018
Friday 1 December 2017
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Festival Society Members
Monday 15 January 2018
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Associate Members
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Under 30s
Sunday 4 March 2018
Public booking opens at 6.00pm
Saturday 19 May 2018
Festival 2018 opens
Pelléas et Mélisande is supported by André and Rosalie Hoffmann
Cast and creative team
Conductor Robin Ticciati
Director & Lighting Designer Stefan Herheim
Designer Philipp Fürhofer
Dramaturg Alexander MeierDörzenbach
Mélisande Christina Gansch
Pelléas John Chest
Golaud Christopher Purves
Arkel Brindley Sherratt
Geneviève Karen Cargill
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Shadric Toop painted collage and photography