Ned Rorem in New York City - 28 February, 1973

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 5:

The New York City Opera's presentation of Pelléas et Mélisande is the best I have ever seen, here or in Paris. Its quality was unquestionably due to the internationality of talents, people who, precisely because they were not French, made a superhuman effort to enter the French brain of the past (of the Dark Ages of Bluebeard, from whom Mélisande had escaped, and of the Paris of 1900, where Claude Debussy lived and loved), an effort not always made by the French who inadvertently sabotage their masterpieces. Frank Corsair placed the singers in a decor of art nouveau (which the French call …   more >>
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Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 5. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: New York City


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Pelléas et Mélisande (opera)
written by Claude Debussy
performed by André Jobin, Julius Rudel, Patricia Brooks

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 February, 1973
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:01:17 +0000