• Details

    A mysterious woman, a forbidden love, a family torn apart.

    Stefan Herheim, one of Europe’s most exciting directors, makes his company debut with Glyndebourne’s first new production of Pelléas in nearly 20 years.

    When Prince Golaud meets the mysterious Mélisande, he falls instantly in love with this beautiful, broken girl. So does his brother Pelléas. Cloaked in the darkness of the shadowy kingdom of Allemonde, this passionate love triangle unfolds in hints and suggestions, glimpses and glances, elusive right up to its tragic conclusion.

    A delicate fairytale

    Sharing the sensuous, dreamlike soundworld of Debussy’s La Mer and Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune, Pelléas et Mélisande celebrates the colour and power of the contemporary orchestra in an evocative score, rich in human emotion. ‘Forget you are singers,’ Debussy told his original cast, and the result is a musical drama whose instinctive truths speak straight to the heart – a delicate fairytale that whispers where other operas shout.

    Stefan Herheim, makes his Glyndebourne debut with a bold staging that promises to cut to the core of this timeless, symbolist tale, reimagining the story from a fresh perspective.


    Important dates for Festival 2018


    Pelléas et Mélisande is supported by André and Rosalie Hoffmann

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor Robin Ticciati
    Director & Lighting Designer Stefan Herheim
    Designer Philipp Fürhofer
    Dramaturg Alexander MeierDörzenbach

    Cast includes

    Mélisande Christina Gansch
    Pelléas John Chest
    Golaud Christopher Purves
    Arkel Brindley Sherratt
    Geneviève Karen Cargill

    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    The Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance Transport
    Date Open Start Short interval *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria Post opera coach
    Saturday 30 June  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Wednesday 4 July  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Saturday 7 July  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Wednesday 11 July  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Saturday 21 July  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Monday 23 July  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Thursday 26 July   <30
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Sunday 29 July  
    2.00 3.45 5.45 8.25 12.47 8.55
    Wednesday 1 August   <30
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Saturday 4 August
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Monday 6 August  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Thursday 9 August  
    3.00 5.05 7.05 9.45 1.47 10.15
    Opening night
    Insider Talk
    Study event
    <30 Glyndebourne Under 30s performance
    Early Start
    Dining and ticket option available

    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes