Pelléas and Mélisande

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Pelléas and Mélisande is a Symbolist play by the Belgian playwright and author Maurice Maeterlinck about the forbidden, doomed love of the title characters. Mélisande, married to Golaud, falls in love with his brother Pelléas, leading to jealousy and tragedy.

The play, first performed in 1893, never achieved great success on stage but it was admired by the literary elite of the symbolist movement, including Strindberg and Rilke.

This recording uses an abridged version of the original text devised by Claude Debussy for his operatic version. He removed scenes involving minor characters in order to simplify the casting. Maeterlinck himself approved the abridgement.

(Summary by Alan Mapstone)

Cast list:

Arkel, King of Allemonde: Beeswaxcandle
Geneviere, mother of Pelleas and Golaud: Claudia Caldi
Pelleas, grandson of Arkel: Kurt
Golaud, grandson of Arkel: Greg Giordano
Melisande: Sonia
Little Yniold, Golaud's son by his first marriage: Inkell
Shepherd: redrun
Physician: David Purdy
Stage Directions: Alan Mapstone
(1 hr 30 min)


Act 1 15:31 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 17:12 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 20:48 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 22:18 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 15:06 Read by LibriVox Volunteers