Pelleas et Melisande / Belgium / MUZIEKTHEATER TRANSPARANT
PELLEAS ET MELISANDE
An intimate chamber-music version of Debussy’s ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’.
When the Belgian symbolist writer Maurice Maeterlinck wrote the play Pelléas et Mélisande in 1893, it went on to create a furore.
This fairytale story by the future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature tells the mysterious story of Mélisande, who is found in a wood by Prince Golaud. Her past remains enveloped in obscurity and her arrival leads to a fatal relationship between her and the half-brothers Golaud, whom she marries, and Pelléas, with whom she develops a spiritual affinity.
Maeterlinck’s intriguing story inspired Debussy to write an opera that was to become a milestone in opera history. Composer Annelies Van Parys and director Wouter Van Looy create an intimate chamber-music version that does full justice to the poetic power of the work. The singers represent the characters in a simple video setting. Flanked by the musicians of the Oxalys Ensemble, they carry the audience along on an inner voyage full of dark images.
REPETITOR: LIES COLMAN • COSTUMES: JOHANNA TRUDZINSKI • LIGHT: THOMAS VERACHTERT • ENSEMBLE: OXALYS ENSEMBLE • YNIOLD: KAREL STAS • MATTHIS PERREAUX • ARKEL: KNUT STIKLESTAD • GENEVIÈVE: MARIE-NOËLE VIDAL • GOLAUD: ANDREAS JANKOWITSCH • PELLÉAS: FLORIAN JUST • MÉLISANDE: MIJKE SEKHUIS • DIANA HIGBEE • MUSICAL DIRECTION: MARIT STRINDLUND • TEXT: MAURICE MAETERLINCK • MUSICAL ADAPTATION: ANNELIES VAN PARYS • MUSIC: CLAUDE DEBUSSY • CONCEPT | DIRECTION: WOUTER VAN LOOY • VIDEO: HÉCTOR CRUZ • VIVIAN CRUZ • WOUTER VAN LOOY