Glyndebourne Festival - Pelléas et Mélisande Reviews
21 April 2021
Christina Gansch (Mélisande), John Chest (Pelléas)
Christopher Purves (Golaud), Chloé Briot (Yniold)
General scene
Ensemble
John Chest (Pelléas), Christina Gansch (Mélisande)

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Pelléas et Mélisande

Glyndebourne Festival


No. of reviews: 20

Un cenizo llamado Golaud
30 Aug 18 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Ça crève les yeux
9 Aug 18 / Forum Opéra
Country matters
31 Jul 18 / parterre box
Herheim transforms a dream-like play into a claustrophobic domestic drama but his interpretation is relevant
17 Jul 18 / Express
Stefan Herheim’s production seems to me to be picnicking on the croquet lawn of implausibility
11 Jul 18 / Express
A concept-heavy new production of Debussy’s masterpiece leaves little to the imagination
8 Jul 18 / The Observer
Vexing reading of a perplexing opera
5 Jul 18 / The Spectator
Ideas are laid on so thickly that they undermine the evening’s effectiveness and clarity
5 Jul 18 / Music OMH
What might have been?
3 Jul 18 / Opera Today
An operatic locavore consumes the English countryside
3 Jul 18 / New York Times
Pelléas is Stefan Herheim’s directorial debut at Glyndebourne
3 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Road to nowhere
2 Jul 18 / The Critics' Circle
Musically enchanting, even if the plot is perversely embroidered
2 Jul 18 / Independent
Glyndebourne makes itself at home in a bizarre staging of Debussy's only full-length opera
2 Jul 18 / What's on Stage
Shadows among the organ pipes: an enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande on location in Glyndebourne
2 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Fine singers compromised by eccentricities of this new staging
2 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Ticciati got the most enthusiastic applause; Herheim’s was more muted, with a few boos
2 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Crashing symbols overpower doomed lovers
2 Jul 18 / The Guardian
Debussy’s score becomes merely a soundtrack to a bewilderingly weird spectacle
2 Jul 18 / The Times
Patches of light from Robin Ticciati's conducting on Stefan Herheim's inexpressive canvas
1 Jul 18 / The Arts Desk
Stefan Herheim’s glittering vollisions have changed opera
When his productions fulfill his visions, the viewers can’t ignore what’s happening, Mr. Herheim, one of opera’s most innovative stage directors, said.
Production details
Cast
Chest, Gansch, Purves, Cargill, Sherratt, Briot, Mofidian, Wallace
(c) Ticciati (d) Herheim
Performance dates
30 June, 4, 7, 11, 21, 23, 26, 29 July, 1, 4, 6, 9 August 2018
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