The play Pelléas et Mélisande inspired no fewer than four musical Schoenberg’s source was Maeterlinck’s eponymous play, a work that. Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande is a unique, timeless work. Maeterlinck , which unfolds in a sensual and dreamlike atmosphere. [Pelléas et Mélisande]. Opera by Claude Debussy, Libretto by Maurice Maeterlinck. Premiered on February 7, at the Paris National Opera, Palais Garnier.

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Pelléas et Mélisande

It is a bit like its characters, who evolve in another world, lost in the mists of a never ending dream, set to a hypnotic music that serves as a blurry mirror image of it. The composer faithfully follows the plot of the Symbolist play penned by Maurice Maeterlinck, which unfolds in a sensual and dreamlike atmosphere.


The singing follows the rhythms of natural speech and symphonic interludes depict the opaque beauty of the imaginary kingdom of Allemonde. It offers five acts of continuous mystery and passion, infused with music that is not much more than a shimmering veil. The story takes place in the imaginary kingdom of Allemonde, governed by the aged King Arkel.

A secret bond forms between the two First, he tells his half brother to stay away from his wife, but then becomes more threatening as he is devoured by fear and jealousy. At the same time, Golaud falls from his horse. Golaud notices the wedding ring is missing.

Pelléas et Mélisande | play by Maeterlinck |

Golaud orders her to go and search for it. Is this a childish game? Or the prelude to love?

What do they do when he is not around? Are they seeing each other? And what do they say? But Yniold panics when Golaud questions him more aggressively.


But Golaud arrives on the scene and kills his brother with his sword. He begs her to tell the truth and gets angry with her when she is silent or gives meaningless answers.

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Community All comments Contributor list Columnist list. Summary The story takes place in the imaginary kingdom of Allemonde, governed by the aged King Arkel.