Saturday, July 4, 2015
Bavarian Opera Broadcast:<i>Pelléas et Mélisande</i> by Claude Debussy
12:00pm Cinema, Warch Campus Center
Golaud finds Mélisande, a fairy-like figure, in a dark forest. When he addresses her she cringes and sings her first words almost without a voice: "Don't touch me!" Her fragility cannot be missed. Her origin and identity remain a mystery. Another intimate moment changes the future. Only a single glance between Pelléas and Mélisande and their fates are joined together: a forbidden love like that between Tristan and Isolde because Golaud is by now married to Mélisande. With Debussy's psychoanalytic tones one looks inward, into vagueness and invents a new world. As softly as the first act of Debussy's only completed opera begins, so loud was the echo of this work in the 20th century.