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Total duration 3 h 20 min
1 intermission (30 min)
4 performances
23.5.2019 – 31.5.2019
Main Stage
15-109 €
Performed in french
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english

An ethereal, dream-like opera conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

The events of the opera are set in a mythical world. Mélisande, who has been found in a forest, ends up in a mysterious castle as the wife of Golaud, but her love for the young Pelléas leads to a tragedy. The dreamy, otherworldly feel of Pelléas ja Mélisande is a reflection on the depths of the human mind, loneliness and premonitions. Its power arises from the silences and rests. The meditative opera is conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Claude Debussy: Pelléas ja Mélisande; Camilla Tilling; Ville Rusanen

Marco Arturo Marelli, the director of Pelléas and Mélisande has created an impressive stage projection with water as its key element. The reflections from vast, 30 000 litre pools of water create mesmerising images.

Claude Debussy: Pelléas ja Mélisande; Camilla Tilling

An opera that resembles rippling water

“To me, water is a metaphor for the longing of the exiled and for ominous, unpredicted accidents. As the messenger of dreamlike premonitions, it is the element of both the mermaid-like Mélisande and the anguish that men experience upon encountering the unknown and unmapped – in a woman and in themselves.”

– Director Marco Arturo Marelli

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Claude Debussy: Pelléas ja Mélisande

“The music flows, rests or suddenly slows down. There are whirlpools on the shifting surface, invisible and dangerous currents in the depths, slight rippling caused by the smallest movements, the interplay of colourful reflections, a bottomless ravine.”

– Marco Arturo Marelli on the music of Debussy



Golaud finds a mysterious woman by a fountain. She tells him nothing but her name: Mélisande. Though she initially resists, Golaud takes Mélisande with him to Allemonde. Golaud and Mélisande marry, but Goulaud’s half brother Pelléas falls in love with Mélisande.

Finally, Pelléas and Mélisande avow their love for each other, ready to escape Allemonde together. Golaud puts a stop to this and kills Pelléas. Mélisande gives birth to a child, dies and remains the mystery she was when she arrived.

You can read the complete synopsis in the programme leaflet.

Creative team

Claude Debussy
Director, sets
Marco Arturo Marelli
Dagmar Niefind


Camilla Tilling
Laurent Naouri
Mia Heikkinen
Pelléas' father
Hannu Tuomi

Performances and tickets

3 h 20 min
1 intermission (30 min)
4 performances
23.5.2019 – 31.5.2019
Main Stage
15-109 €
Performed in french
Surtitles in finnish, swedish and english
Thu 23.5.2019
at 19:00
Sat 25.5.2019
at 14:00
Wed 29.5.2019
at 19:00
Fri 31.5.2019
at 19:00

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