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2008 Production

Pelléas et Mélisande

By Claude Debussy

35-piece orchestration by Stephen McNeff
Published by Peter’s Edition

Tuesday 18 November
Thursday 20 November
Saturday 22 November 2008

In November 2008 INDEPENDENT OPERA at Sadler’s Wells staged a new production of a commissioned chamber orchestration of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.

The intimate atmosphere of the Lilian Baylis Studio proved an ideal setting in which to evoke the mysterious kingdom of Allemonde and portray the subtle undercurrents and tensions that run deep within the human psyche.

The musical and creative team behind the success of the 2007 Maconchy double-bill returned for Pelléas et Mélisande, with the orchestra augmented by alumni of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Conductor Dominic Wheeler
Director Alessandro Talevi
Set & Costume Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins

Pelléas Thorbjørn Gulbrandsøy
Mélisande Ingrid Perruche
Golaud Andrew Foster-Williams
Arkel Frédéric Bourreau
Geneviève Julie Pasturaud (18, 20 Nov), Marie Elliott (22 Nov)
Yniold Caryl Hughes
Médécin Vojtěch Šafařík (18, 22 Nov), Vuyani Mlinde (20 Nov)
Berger Dominic Wheeler
Child Anna Wheeler

In 2009, Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells was nominated for an RPS Award for its 2008 production of Pelléas et Mélisande.

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