DEBUSSY'S ONLY OPERA


In 1902, Claude Debussy presented his only opera Pelléas et Mélisande. The opera received mixed reviews. Camille Saint-Saëns, a fierce critic of Debussy's music, claimed he had not gone away on holiday that year so that he could stay in Paris and say ‘nasty things about Pelléas’. The opera however attracted a cult following among young artists, and hugely influenced composer Ravel.

Above is the Decca recording by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by the legendary Ernest Ansermet.