Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy

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Sung in English in a new translation by Janice Galloway, orchestration by Matthew Rooke.

Semi-staged performance.

Fitzwilliam Band (leader: Lucy Russell), conducted by Michael Downes

Director: PJ Harris

Pelléas et Mélisande was hailed by Paul Dukas on its premiere in 1902 as a masterpiece whose every bar was alive with human emotions, ‘from the most tender and passionate to the most terrible and mysterious’, and the devastating impact and overwhelming beauty of Debussy’s music have fascinated audiences ever since. Janice Galloway’s fresh new translation and Matthew Rooke’s sensitive chamber orchestration will bring this unique work to the Byre with an intimacy and directness only possible in a small theatre. Reuniting the same creative team who inspired Byre Opera’s highly acclaimed Cunning Little Vixen in 2017, and with a hand-picked chamber orchestra led by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, this is a production not to be missed.

Event Details



There will be one interval.
This is a seated event.


Sorry, this event has been cancelled.

Ticket prices include £1.50 admin fee per ticket. Fee applicable to all tickets, including tickets bought on the day.

Concessions are for under 26s and unwaged persons.

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