Opera Talk, “Pelleas et Melisande,” Will be Held at Library


A volunteer of the LA Opera will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, in the community room of the Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real.

The L.A. Opera’s presentation of Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande has been described as an enigmatic tale of hidden longing and lingering suspicion.

Lost in the forest, a prince, Golaud, encounters an ethereal beauty, Melisande, with a mysterious past. But after she is brought home to his family, Melisande begins to grow increasingly close to Golaud’s handsome younger brother, Pelleas.

The L.A. Opera site writes that “Debussy’s sensual, exquisitely nuanced score casts a hypnotic spell, capturing an enigmatic dream world where forbidden love blossoms.”

Richard Bratby in a review in “The Spectator” wrote: “A score of all-but-unbearable tenderness and beauty…McVicar and his lighting designer Paule Constable respond with moments of visual wonder to match Maeterlinck and Debussy’s imagery of light and water.”

This is a new production to Los Angeles and will be held March 25 to April 16 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Estimated running time: three hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission and is performed in French with English subtitles.

A scene from Pelleas and Melisande, an opera that will come to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the end of March.

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