We were all very excited to hear that our very own Sarah Mann ( Fe. 1985-87) performed in Stefan Herheim's company debut with Glyndebourne's first new production of Pelléas et Mélisande.
Sarah's fondest memories of Brighton include her English lessons with Simon Smith and Philip Robinson, and being in school plays- the most challenging being 'Who's afriad of Virginia Woolf' with Glen McCready. Moving on a few years, and to a slightly bigger stage than that in the Great Hall, Sarah performed in Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne, the world-renowned Opera House a stone's throw away from her old school, in Glynde, East Sussex. Sarah has performed in countless productions, and is particularly involved with the Brighton Shakespear Company and the Brighton Open Air Theatre.
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.
Pelléas et Mélisande ran from 30th June - 9th August 2018 at Glyndebourne.
You can view snippets of the opera here as well as listen to the audience reaction here: