Monday, February 6, 2012

Dream(y) Cast for Pelléas et Mélisande at Bastille

Stéphane Degout & Jérôme Varnier

"Music begins when words are powerless to express; music is perfect for the inexpressible; I would like it to seem to come out of the shadows and, at times, to go back, always discreet."- Debussy imaging "Pelléas et Mélisande"

If you're heading to Paris anytime on or after February 28th, you're in luck. The Opéra de la Bastille has assembled a dream cast for both opera lovers and devotees of barihunks. Heading the cast is French barihunk Stéphane Degout, who is singing Pelléas opposite the Mélisande of Elena Tsallagova. That alone should be reason to buy a ticket, but the casting is magnificent in every role. The great mezzo Anne Sofie Von Otter is singing Geneviève, while the seductively sexy French barihunk Jérôme Varnier portrays Le Berger.

The sets and stage direction is by Robert Wilson and Philippe Jordan conducts the opera for the first time.

Stéphane Degout and Natalie Dessay in Act 2 of "Pelléas et Mélisande":

Elena Tsallagova sings Shéhérazade by Ravel:
After Pelléas, Degout and Varnier both head to Vienna to perform Thomas' "Hamlet." Degout will take on the title role, while Varnier is cast as Le Spectre.


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