Rouen Normandy Opera: Pelléas et Mélisande

A Part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series

For cast lists, please visit the Opera Series Overview.

Rouen Normandy Opera presents Debussy’s magnificent opera Pelléas et Mélisande, starring Adèle Charvet as Mélisande and Huw Montague as Pélleas. Pierre Dumoussaud conducts the Rouen-Normandie Opera Orchestra and the Dijon Opera Chorus.

It was in 1893 that Claude Debussy discovered Maeterlinck’s work Pelléas et Mélisande. A moment where the composer retrieved from the prose of the Belgian writer an echo of his own explorations of the musical form he was interested in; a lyrical drama through which the personages would sing “naturally”. Nine years later, Debussy created his opera. An unspoken song, sumptuous orchestration, a story of love inspired by the myth of Tristan and Isolde, with a poetic ambience; these are the elements that make Pelléas et Mélisande such an enchanting work. (Description translated from Opéra de Rouen Normandie)


About the Host

Lisa Flynn has been a program host and producer for WFMT since 1991. She presents The New Releases and has hosted many programs for the WFMT Radio Network, including War Letters (which won the 2002 Peter Lisagor Award) and a series of live broadcasts from Salzburg to celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006. As WFMT’s midday weekday announcer, Lisa hosts live studio performances and interviews guest artists including Renée Fleming, John Adams, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, John Eliot Gardiner, and many others. Before coming to Chicago, Lisa presented classical music at WOSU in Columbus, Ohio, and at WMFE and WUCF in Orlando, Florida. She holds a music degree from the University of Central Florida. She also hosts the Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts.

This program is a part of the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series, a series designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts to fill out the year with great Opera content. The series begins in June and lasts until the end of November.


Category: Operas
Duration: 2-hour / Varies by Opera
Frequency: Flexible
Availability: 09/25/2021 - 10/29/2021

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