Pelléas et Mélisande

Frontière Bulgare-Turque et Gréco-Macédonienne / 2015
© Philippe Chancel


from 14€ to 27€

Opera Festival

Maurice Maeterlink

  • Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • In French

Inside Lyon’s Textile Arts Museum (Musée des Tissus), a partner in this production, director Richard Brunel gives us his vision of Maeterlinck’s Pelléas and Mélisande. A journey that is both physical and mental in a setting that represents the psyche of the scarred Mélisande. 

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The story
Mélisande is the wife of Prince Golaud who reigns over a troubled kingdom. Sad and mysterious, consumed by a trauma in her past, the young woman falls in love with the prince’s brother, Pelléas, but must free herself from her dark secret, tracing it back through her memories and her life, in order to allow herself to love. 

Memory in the museum
Maeterlinck’s Pelléas and Mélisande has inspired more than one composer, with Debussy, Fauré and Sibelius all producing their own musical versions. From the Belgian author’s play and these three musical adaptations, Richard Brunel gives us his own interpretation of Mélisande’s destiny, including echoes of the story of Bluebeard. A wounded young woman whose damaged soul and body refuse to love. This Mélisande is, therefore, less about love than about overcoming trauma, less of a story about a couple than one about a mysterious woman and her relationship with men. Inside the Textile Arts Museum, which serves both as Golaud’s castle and the heroine’s memory box, the director invites us to follow the piecing together, either real or imagined, of Mélisande’s original trauma. In this space, the audience will thus relive as closely as possible with the performers Melisande's inner journey from darkness to light.


Direction musicale

Florent Hubert

Mise en scène

Richard Brunel

Scénographie et Costumes

Anouk Dell’aiera


Victor Egéa


Catherine Ailloud-Nicolas


Judith Chemla


Benjamin Alunni


Jean-Yves Ruf

Un vieil homme

Axel Bogousslavsky

Ensemble instrumental

Why we love it

Through his exploration of a young woman’s trauma and her relationship with men, Richard Brunel brings a very contemporary edge to this Pelléas et Mélisande.

Why we love it

It is a unique opportunity to watch an opera in the unusual setting of the Textile Arts Museum.

Why we love it

The museum is not only the setting for the director’s vision, it also becomes one of the main characters.

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