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Pelléas et Mélisande

Claude Debussy
Albert-André Lheureux
September 22nd, 2023 in the Estonian National Opera

World premiere on April 30th, 1902 in Salle Favart

Author Claude Debussy
Music Director and Conductor Arvo Volmer
Conductor Kaspar Mänd
Stage Director Albert-André Lheureux (France)
Designer Liina Keevallik
Lighting designer Rasmus Rembel
Projection designers Andres Tenusaar and Raivo Möllits
Chorus Master Heli Jürgenson
Assistant to the Chorus Master Ksenija Grabova
Production Assistant Karin Andrekson
Chief Pianist and Repetiteur Jaanika Rand-Sirp
Pianists and Repetiteurs Ave Wagner, Riina Pikani
Stage Managers Riina Airenne, Rein Lepnurm
On stage Samy Camps or Heldur Harry Põlda, Karis Trass or Helen Lokuta, Stephan Loges or Raiko Raalik, Juuli Lill or Aule Urb, Julien Veronese or Priit Volmer, Elena Brazhnyk / Merit Kraav or Carol Männamets, Kim Sargsyan or Mart Laur

Albert-André Lheureux: “It is time that Debussy’s once revolutionary masterpiece be brought to the Estonian audiences. “Pelléas et Mélisande” is as if a magic ritual that awakens a secret world inside and around us.

At the dawn of the 20th century, the flourishing age of symbolism that favours investigation of unknown worlds, Maurice Maeterlinck, the winner of the Nobel Literature Prize wrote a mysterious play “Pelléas et Mélisande” in addition to the famous “The Blue Bird”. Immediately, Claude Debussy saw in it a subject for an opera…

The amazing blend of text and music through musical lights and shadows makes it only vaguely possible to apprehend the secret being of a human. What is the meaning of our life, the journey of our soul, our the meaning of doubts and search for truth? Where is the truth? Everyone searches for it in their own way.

This story shows us what the innocent eye of a child or the child himself catches. He will drag us by hand into the fairy-tale, where the good or the bad spirits seem to choose our paths.

Let the unique blend of music and text take us with them and discover our surroundings like a child who is presented with a world where to look for and find himself. It is a passionate story of poetic love, chained to the torture chair by jealousy, doubt and violence.

Exceptional beauty charms us. In this exclusive piece it reflects in the whirlwind of emotions, while finding its way through the dense forest of our contradictory thoughts”.