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Opera for Educators / Pelléas et Mélisande

March 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PST


The Los Angeles Opera is staging Debussy’s only complete opera, Pélleas et Mélisande. A masterful response to the stylistic gauntlet thrown down by Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Debussy’s Pélleas sets to music the Symbolist play of Maurice Maeterlinck—another take on the “star-crossed-lovers” theme. I’ll be looking specifically at the many influences that helped to shape Debussy’s unique, modernist musical language from the music of the Wagner to the avant-garde (and anti-German) model of Erik Satie, from the colorful harmonies and orchestrations of the Russian Five to the unfamiliar sounds from Asia that he heard at the 1889 Paris Exposition.




Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, 90012 United States
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