Psychological Slow Burn: Debussy's 'Pelléas and Mélisande'


THE HIT SINGLE: 'Act Four Interlude'

The intense, orchestral underpinnings of the opera are one of its most striking features -- what the Debussy called its "décor orchestral." One example comes in an interlude during Act Four, just after Golaud humiliates Mélisande in front of Pelléas and Arkel, and setting up the intensity of the opera's only true love scene.