07:00 pm | Prinzregententheater


Claude Debussy




Composer Claude Debussy. Text by the composer after the play by Maurice Maeterlinck (1893).

Drame lyrique in five acts

recommended from 14 years and older

Coprodution with The Dallas Opera

In French. With German and English supertitles. New Production.

Duration approx. 3 hours 15 minutes

Introductions for Pelléas et Mélisande will take place on Jul. 11, 14, 17 and on 22 one hour before the start of each performance in the Gartensaal of the Prinzregententheater. 

The premiere will be broadcast live on the radio on BR-Klassik.

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der

The opera Pelléas et Mélisande, world premiere in 1902 in Paris, is based on the eponymous play by Flemish symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck, a tragically ending fairy-tale love triangle surrounding the half-brothers Golaud and Pelléas and the mysterious Mélisande loved by both. For him the external plot is not the core of the drama, says Maeterlinck – for him is far more about trying to, “go deeper into the human consciousness.” The model for this is Allemonde Castle, a grim, oppressive place without light. The actual plot remains vague, so in his opera Claude Debussy also plumbs psychological depths and topicalises subliminal emotional processes. His music is always “reticent”, approaching silence again and again. The composition dazzles in the most diverse colours, which subtly illuminate the characters. Pelléas et Mélisande is a tragedy of the inner self, enigmatic, morbid, deeply sad and full of beauty. Appearing for the first time at the Bayerische Staatsoper with this production, Dutch director Jetske Mijnssen directs.


  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Projektchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
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