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Claude Debussy Claude Debussy
1862 - 1918 FR 1*
Born: 22/08/1862, Saint-Germain-en-Laye FR
Died: 25/03/1918, Paris FR
Like Beethoven, Debussy finished only one opera, but his setting of Maeterlinck's Symbolist play Pelléas et Mélisande is a key work in twentieth century music drama. In many ways an "anti-opera", Pelléas contained little of the conventional singing or action audiences at the première had come to expect, but Debussy used his subtle orchestration to create an elusive, dream-like atmosphere, which still has the power to fascinate (or repel) listeners today.
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Selection of key operas
  • La chute de la maison Usher
  • Le diable dans le beffroi
  • Rodrigue et Chimène - 1993
  • Pelléas et Mélisande FR - 1902 1*
Complete list of operas with details