2017, Staatsoper Vienna, Pelleas et Melisande

2017, Staatsoper Vienna, Pelleas et Melisande

Pelléas et Mélisande


Composer : Claude Debussy
Librettist : A slight alteration of Maeterlinck’s tragedy


Venue and Dates : Staatsoper Vienna
12, 15, 18 and 21 October 2017  (21.10 performance is also a livestream)
Conductor : Daniel Harding
Director, set designs and lighting : Marco Arturo Marelli
Costumes : Dagmar Niefind

Performers :

Mélisande :  Christiane Karg
Geneviève :  Janina Baechle
Pelléas : Bernard Richter
Golaud : Simon Keenlyside
Arkel :  Peter Rose

Simon in conversation with Dominique Meyer on 17 October – more information

Summary of the conversation with Dominique Meyer by Renate Wagner at onlinemerker.com (in German)


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Sound bites

Wolfgang Habermann, Der neue Merker, 12.10.17

” … Der Golaud war wieder Simon Keenlyside. Er zeichnete ein höchst interessantes Psychogramm dieser komplexen Persönlichkeit. Dabei steigerte er sich sogar derart in seine Eifersucht, dass er im letzten Akt im Wasser ausrutschte und ein unfreiwilliges Vollbad mit Haarwäsche nahm. …”

“….Simon Keenlyside was Golaud once again. He drew a very interesting psychological profile of this complex personality.  In this process he worked himself up so much with his jealousy that in the final Act  he slipped into the water and took an involuntary bath complete with hairwash….”

Malina Meier, Wiener Zeitung, 13.10.17

” … Bariton Simon Keenlyside als Golaud glänzte besonders im vierten und fünften Akt als eifersüchtiger Ehemann mit kraftvollem Ausdruck.”

“….Baritone Simon Keenlyside as Golaud shone brilliantly as a powerfully expressive jealous husband, especially in the fourth and fifth Acts.”

Der Standard, 13.10.17

“… Nach einem farblosen ersten Akt steigerte sich Simon Keenlyside, bemühte sich um einen kehligen, kernigen Ton für den gefühlsverletzten Golaud. Und doch: Dafür, dass Keenlyside seine Qualitäten demonstrieren könnte, liegt die Partie meist zu tief. Im letzten Akt rührte er aber durch innige lyrische Klagen. …”

“….After a colourless first Act, Simon Keenlyside improved – aiming for a throaty, robust tone for the emotionally wounded Golaud. And yet, the role lies mostly too low for Keenlyside to demonstrate his qualities. In the final Act, though, his profoundly lyrical laments touched the audience….”

Dominik Troger, Oper in Wien, 21.10.17

“……Also Simon Keenlyside, who portrayed Golaud with extravagant emotional reactions, was, in my opinion, better able to develop his character within this cast, because his strong expressivity on stage needs powerful counterparts. Therefore, the cast of characters was evenly balanced…..”

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