Part of FR3 Friday Evening 3
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
David Edwards, director
Colin Grenfell, lighting designer
Kate Burton, narrator
Stéphane Degout, Pelléas
Camilla Tilling, Mélisande
Laurent Naouri, Golaud
Sir Willard White, Arkel
Felicity Palmer, Genevieve
Chloé Briot, Yniold
Hadleigh Adams, baritone
Nicholas Brownlee, Physician
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, artistic director
About This Performance
Paradoxically perhaps, a psychologically expressive and structurally articulate silence is one of the most revolutionary aspects of Debussy's music for Pelléas et Mélisande, as the composer noted in a letter to his colleague Ernest Chausson: "Quite spontaneously I've made use of means of expression that seems to me quite special, which is silence – Don't laugh! It acts as an agent of expression and perhaps is the only means of giving full value to the emotion of a phrase."
Come for: Debussy's highly influential and mysterious opera of tragically entangled love is revisited by the creative team behind Salonen's resoundingly successful London production, which "gave Esa-Pekka Salonen the opportunity to sculpt a performance of great transparency and lightness." (The Telegraph)
And more: Salonen and the LA Phil also have a distinguished history with the work, performing it in an acclaimed Peter Sellars' production for LA Opera in 1995; an extended suite from the opera was part of The Tristan Project in 2004.
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These concerts are dedicated to the memory of Steven Stucky. The Los Angeles Philharmonic family was profoundly saddened by the news of Steven Stucky’s death last Sunday. Stucky was Composer-in- Residence and then New Music Advisor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1988-2009, the longest serving relationship on record between a composer and a U.S. orchestra. At venues throughout Los Angeles and on tour, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed or presented 29 of Stucky’s works, from Boston Fancies in 1987 to his Symphony for Orchestra in 2012 (an LA Phil commission and world premiere, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel). Stucky also founded the LA Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program in 2007 and served as its first director.