Dutch National Opera presents

Opera in het park 2019 A highlight in opera history

This show was to been seen in June 2019

Admission free

Pelléas et Mélisande

Duration 3:15

Breaks 1

By Claude Debussy

Language French

Surtitles Dutch and English

Dutch National Opera will be screening the live performance of Pelléas and Mélisande on Tuesday 18 June in Park Frankendael.

On the Holland Festival 2019 DNO presents a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande. With his only opera, Claude Debussy created an absolute highlight in opera history.

The story of Pelléas et Mélisande
The story of Pelléas et Mélisande is based on Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolist play about a triangular relationship between two half-brothers and Mélisande. Lovers Pelléas and Mélisande Golaud, grandson of King Arkel, find at a source a confused and sad girl: Mélisande. After their marriage, she moved into the castle with Golaud. Golauds younger half-brother Pelléas also lives there. Mélisande and Pelléas fall in love with each other. At the same time that Golaud has an accident with his horse, she drops her wedding ring into the water while playing. Golaud ignites in anger and sends her away to find the ring, together with Pelléas. He lets his son Yniold spy to find out if Pelléas and Mélisande are lovers. When he catches them together, he kills Pelléas. Mélisande dies after she has given birth to a girl. The four main characters each have a symbolic meaning, giving the plot an extra dimension: Mélisande stands for the soul, Pelléas for the spirit, Golaud for matter and Arkel for the mind.

'Thanks to conductor Stéphane Denève, this visual spectacle is perfectly accompanied.' - Doron Nagan, about L'amour des trois oranges, Algemeen Dagblad, 2005

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Enjoy this live performance from Dutch National Opera & Ballet on a big screen. Access to Park Frankendael and 'Opera in the Park' is FREE of charge.