Celebrate New Year's Day with St. Louis Public Radio as they carry the Met broadcast of Pelléas et Mélisande on their HD channel, KWMU-3 beginning at 12 noon. Approximate running time 3 hours, 55 minutes. Intermission times at approximately 1:08 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Simon Rattle makes his Met debut conducting Debussy’s impressionistic masterpiece, starring Stéphane Degout, Magdalena Kožená, and Gerald Finley.
Anthony Tommisini writes in the New York Times:
It took until he was 55, but Simon Rattle finally made his Metropolitan Opera debut on Friday night. Mr. Rattle, who has been a major conductor for 30 years and the artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic since 2002, led the season premiere of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, a revival of Jonathan Miller’s gothic 1995 production. At the end of this four-hour evening, some of the most ardent participants in the ovation for Mr. Rattle were the musicians in the orchestra pit, who stood and heartily applauded.Click here to read the entire review.
In perhaps the most impressive performance I have heard Mr. Rattle give, he drew lush and plangent yet clear-textured and purposeful playing from the great Met orchestra. He was blessed with what he described in an interview on “Charlie Rose” on Thursday night as a “dream cast”: the elegant French baritone Stéphane Degout as Pelléas, the alluring Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena (Mr. Rattle’s wife) as Mélisande, and the intelligent Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as Prince Golaud.