Pelleas et melisande pelleas and melisande is an opera in five acts with music by claude debussythe french libretto was adapted from maurice maeterlincks symbolist play pelleas et melisandeit was premiered at the salle favart in paris by the opera comique on 30 april 1902 with jean perier as pelleas and mary garden as melisande in a performance conducted by andre messager who . The story of debussys pelleas et melisande with its enigmatic characterisation and emphasis on words debussys only opera shattered the mould says roger nichols nowhere is debussys genius more evident than in the magic with which he infuses the seemingly most innocent of vocal phrases. Pelleas et melisande opera in 5 acts by claude debussy melisande maria ewing pelleas francois le roux golaud jose van dam arkel jean philippe courtis genevieve christa ludwig yniold . Perhaps the best known is the opera 1902 of the same name by claude debussy in 1898 gabriel faure had written incidental music for performances of the play in london and asked charles koechlin to orchestrate it from which he later extracted a suite the story inspired arnold schoenbergs early symphonic poem pelleas und melisande of 1902 . Debussys only opera a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal returns to the met stage for the first time in almost a decade with yannick nezet seguin conducting the landmark score a pair of brilliant young met stars tenor paul appleby and mezzo soprano isabel leonard are the naive title lovers and baritone kyle ketelsen is the
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