Video Alert: “Pelléas et Mélisande” from Aix

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[Rapunzel Barbara Hannigan (Mélisande) looking forward to a quiet night in on her own in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Aix 2016. – Photo Credit: Aix Festival]

Fine, there is nothing overtly white-shirt-ish about “Pelléas et Mélisande”, (you could always imagine Pelléas as a woman and get a new twist on the ostracized sensitive lover who waits at night at the well of loneliness), but it is marvelous music which does have a queer slant in its ambiguity and subversion of tonal and narrative order.

I admit I am somewhat reserved about Katie Mitchell’s reading after last year’s “great conceptual idea, but if even Petibon can’t sell it, something’s seriously amiss” take on “Alcina”, but things might work out great this year. She has another very smart singer-actress in Barbara Hannigan (if you watch just one Hannigan clip in your life, watch her performing Ligeti, and I don’t mean the outfit) as Mélisande and it seems that this year, there is even a crossover with the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” competing in shotput:

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[not sure whether this is Chloé Briot’s Yniold? – Either way, nice scrubs in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”, Aix 2016. – Photo Credit: Aix Festival]

For the full scoop, tune in tonight on ARTE at 7:30 p.m. (UTC+2) for the livestream.

6 thoughts on “Video Alert: “Pelléas et Mélisande” from Aix”

    1. Definitely. 🙂 (And I never got more students to actually think about Ligeti, and about performance stances.)



      1. i did get into B.Hannigan via Ligeti (dehggi sent the link last year..) . i don’t know this work at all so perhaps we watch separately and comment? right now we have a line up of il trionfo followed by cosi?


        1. Yep, Trionfo and Così! I hadn’t planned on setting up an event for Pelléas. But apropos Hannigan, the Vienna summer film festival will air a concert she conducted, among many other more mainstream events. I may have to go and catch it. Ligeti included!



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