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Claude Debussy

Pelleas and Melisande

Palais Theatre
11 Oct 2018 - 13 Oct 2018

A love too great for this world

When Golaud finds Melisande in the woods, alone and with a mysterious past, he claims her as his wife. After she meets his brother Pelleas, however, a secret love simmers between them while Golaud’s suspicions deepen. A family slowly corrodes as their tragic fates inevitably take hold.

Discover the haunting beauty of Pelleas and Melisande, the only opera from Claude Debussy. This symbolist masterpiece fuses text, ethereal harmonies and floating instrumental colour with an atmospheric poetry unlike any other work.

Hear the crystalline purity of Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg alongside celebrated tenor Angus Wood, in Debussy’s mesmerising opera.


Palais Theatre

Thursday 11 October 7:30pm
Saturday 13 October 7:30pm*

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, plus interval.

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Patrons' Pre-show Drinks Thursday 11 October
Tactile Tour Saturday 13 October

*Audio Description available

Price reserve maps for this performance can be found on our Venue Information page or our Subscriptions page.

Cast & Crew

Composer Claude Debussy
Librettist Maurice Maeterlinck

Creative team

Conductor Richard Mills
Director Elizabeth Hill
Set and Costume Design Candice MacAllister
Lighting Design Joseph Mercurio


Golaud Samuel Dundas
Pelleas Angus Wood
Arkel David Parkin
Melisande Siobhan Stagg
Genevieve Liane Keegan
Doctor Timothy Newton
Yniold Sophia Wasley
Shepherd Stephen Marsh


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Single Ticket Prices

Price Type Premium A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Full Price $119 $94 $64 $35
Concession $109 $84 $54 $35
Senior $114 $89 $59 $35
30 Years & Under NA NA $35 $35
Group (6+) $109 $84 $54 $35
Arts Access NA NA $30 $30

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In association with

Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)