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Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande 2004


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"When he sings he opens a formidable treasure chest of intelligent artistry. The voice is resonant, flexible and smooth, wide in range, and he applies it with deep, searching thoughtfulness to whatever he happens to be tackling. The baritone Rodney Gilfry is an artist of the first order."

Financial Times

Live recording from the Zurich Opera House, 2004

Pelléas Rodney Gilfry
Mélisande Isabel Rey
Golaud Michael Volle
Arkel László Polgár
Geneviève Cornelia Kallisch
Zurich Opera House
Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
Stage Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Set Design by Rolf Glittenberg

A staging of Claude Debussy's only completed opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, recorded live at the Zurich Opera House. The opera's premiere in Paris in 1902 brought the new century to the stage. It came quietly, introducing a new female figure that provided the visual artists of l'art nouveau with a fascinating alternative to such femmes fatales as Oscar Wilde's Lulu and Frank Wedekind's Salome. Debussy (1862-1918) adapted a dreamlike libretto by the Belgian playwright and poet, Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) and in the music retained the symbolic quality of the mysterious, almost static fairytale. Conductor Franz Welser-Möst and director Sven-Eric Bechtolf have become one of the leading partnerships in contemporary music theatre. The characters are impressively enacted by Rodney Gilfrey and Isabel Rey in the title roles. Occasionally placed in wheelchairs that hint at emotional as well as physical inadequacies and frequently doubled by puppets, Debussy's protagonists are kept at a distance in their subconscious dream world. Franz Welser-Möst conducts a performance that is clear, well structured, unsentimental and attuned to the alertness and pioneering spirit of a score that even today has lost none of its radiance. The designer Rolf Glittenberg set the work in a remote operatic universe that is both greyish white and ice cold.
Facts
Item number 107285
Barcode 807280728590
Release date 29/10/2012
Category Opera | DVDs
Label Arthaus Musik | Classical DVDs
Media type DVD
Number of units 2
Performers
Artists Gilfry, Rodney
Rey, Isabel
Volle, Michael
Polgar, Laszlo
Kallisch, Cornelia
Composers Debussy, Claude
Conductors Welser-Most, Franz
Bechtolf, Sven-Eric
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