West Edge Opera starts their three-week repertory season of three operas at the Craneway Conference Center, a former factory on the waterfront in Richmond. Debussy's only opera, the 1902 Pelléas et Mélisande, will initiate the festival this Saturday evening in a reduced orchestration by conductor Jonathan Khuner. Decades ago I saw Pelleas at the SF Opera and it felt like listening to paint dry, but then attended a 1995 production with Fredrica von Stade (pictured above in a production at the Met) and was thoroughly entranced by the strange, Symbolist piece which conductor Simon Rattle called "one of the saddest and most upsetting operas ever written. If you love the opera as I do, then you love it to pieces, obsessively."
wonderful article by Brandon Yu in the SF Chronicle relates. For a beautifully written appreciation of West Edge Opera as an organization, click here for a preview by Georgia Rowe in the San Jose Mercury News.
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