10/7: USC Thornton Opera presents "Pelléas et Mélisande," a theatrical screening

Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:00 pm


(Event starts at 04:30) The USC Thornton Opera presents Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Performed remotely last Spring with the use of green screens and digital effects, the virtual performance has been envisioned and produced for the screen.

Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande is a fairy tale about secrets, fear of intimacy, and people distancing themselves from each other. An impressionistic study of the great Maurice Maeterlinck’s novella of the same name, the story has everything to do with the current social distancing of our pandemic. Debussy’s music weaves a hypnotic trance that leaves almost everything to the audience’s imagination. Set in the kingdom of Allemonde, Prince Golaud falls in love and marries the young and mysterious Mélisande even though he knows virtually nothing about her. She subsequently falls in love with Golaud’s much younger brother Pelléas, which spells disaster for both of them. Accompanied by a single, virtuosic pianist – Thornton Opera Music Director, Brent McMunn – this piece of true opera-theatre will wrap you in its mystical riddles.

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