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Pelléas et Mélisande webisode

Reveries & Passions
In this video interview, guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen previews the Reveries & Passions festival, which runs May 3-23 at Symphony Center.
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Salonen Conducts Debussy

7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When Debussy attended the first performance of Maeterlinck’s play Pelléas et Mélisande in 1893, he was as intrigued by its elusive love story as he was spellbound by its profound humanity. He went on to compose an opera that captured and, ultimately, surpassed the play’s poetry by enriching all its magic, mystery and gossamer delicacy with his own diaphanous scoring.

Please note: due to illness, Christine Rice will be replaced by Jenny Carlstedt in the role of Melisande and Eric Owens will be replaced by Sir Willard White in the role of Golaud. For complete details, please read the press release >

Total concert length will be approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes including 2 intermissions.

This program is part of the 2015 Reveries and Passions Festival.


  • Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande

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Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversations with Steven Rings.
30 minute run-time.

Thurs., May 14, 6 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Sat., May 16, 6 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tues., May 19, 6 p.m. Grainger Ballroom


Dianne Wiest
Jenny Carlstedt
mezzo-soprano (Mélisande)
Stéphane Degout
baritone (Pelléas)
Willard White
bass-baritone (Golaud)
David Govertsen
bass-baritone (Arkel)
Elodie Méchain
mezzo-soprano (Geneviève)
Chloé Briot
soprano (Yniold)
Bradley Smoak
bass (Un médecin/Le berger)
Duain Wolfe
chorus director


Additional Funding

The CSO is grateful to Julie and Roger Baskes, lead sponsors of our Reveries and Passions Festival.
The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.

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