Saturday, 1 January 2011

Pelléas et Mélisande live broadcast 1/1/11

Broadcast live on German, at 17.59 German time on New Year's Day, Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande. Look who the singers are - Stéphane Degout, Magdalena Kožená, Gerald Finley, Felicity Palmer and Willard White. Sir Simon Rattle conducts live from the Met. Fortunately it's audio only as the production is ancient Jonathan Miller. Rattle's Pelléas et Mé wonderful, so listen if you can. A few years back he conducted it in Berlin and London : stunningly vibrant, especially the Berlin performance, one of the best I've heard. What a stellar cast, too. Degout 's impressed before, and most recently as Mercutio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Royal Opera House. He is doing an ambitious recital at the Wigmore Hall in February, part of the Wigmore Hall Festive Sale series, filled with good things (follow link). Enjoy the broadcast (not repeating) and retain a souvenir for strictly private use maybe?

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