Hungarian State Opera to Present ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’ for First Time in Nearly 50 Years

By David Salazar

For the first time in almost 50 years the Hungarian State Opera will present Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande.”

The production, which will open on Feb. 25, 2022, will be produced by Kirsten Dehlholm and Hotel Pro Forma with Marie Dahl as co-director.

The cast will be headlined  by Zsolt Haja and Máté Fülep as Pelléas and Polina Pasztircsák as Mélisande. As Golaud, audiences will see István Kovács with Andrea Meláth as Geneviève, András Kiss as a doctor, Anna Karácsonyi and Veronika Szabóas as Yniold, and Tamás Pekárdy as a shepherd. The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Frédéric Chaslin.

The famed Debussy work had its Hungarian Royal Opera debut in 1925 in a production by László Márkus; it managed a total of six performances. It would be revived in 1963 in an additional production directed by András Mikó. Over the next seven years, the opera received 40 total performances.

“Pelléas et Mélisande” will run through March 12 for a total of five performances.