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Pelléas et Mélisande     93/(88)

Drame lyrique en 5 tableaux [opera in 5 tableaux]

Libretto:
Maurice Maeterlinck

Composition dates:
1893-1902

Dedication:
Georges Hartmann and André Messager

Publication:
Voice and piano, Fromont, May 1902; Durand, 1905, 1906 (German words), 1907 (English words), 1908 (Italian words)
Voice and orchestra, Fromont, 1904; Durand, 1905, 1908 (pocket edition)

Nomenclature:
3.3.2.3 — 4.3.3.1 — timp. — 2 harps — strings

First hearing:
30 April 1902, at the Opera-Comique, under the direction of André Messager, staging by Albert Carré, scenery by Jusseaume and Ronsin, costumes by Bianchini. With Mary Garden, Jean Périer, Hector Dufrane and Félix Vieuille

Comments:
Paris, 3 May 1901, Albert Carré promised Debussy to play the work at the Opera-Comique in the following season. The orchestration was completed in the second half of the year. Rehearsals began on 13 January 1902, Debussy being present at each.