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