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Tchaikovsky
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Post by Tchaikovsky » October 29th, 2020, 9:57 am

I was thinking of proposing Maurice Maeterlinck's tragic play "Pelleas and Melisande". The play was turned into an opera by Claude Debussy in 1902. I heard a reading of some of the love scene many years ago where one of the readers was actor Richard Thomas (best remembered as John Boy Walton) I think it would be an interesting project. There are 5 main characters and a handful of smaller roles.

Here is a link to an English translation of the work at Project Guttenberg
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13329

anyone other than myself interested?

alanmapstone
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Post by alanmapstone » October 30th, 2020, 11:14 am

Tchaikovsky wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 9:57 am
I was thinking of proposing Maurice Maeterlinck's tragic play "Pelleas and Melisande". The play was turned into an opera by Claude Debussy in 1902. I heard a reading of some of the love scene many years ago where one of the readers was actor Richard Thomas (best remembered as John Boy Walton) I think it would be an interesting project. There are 5 main characters and a handful of smaller roles.
Here is a link to an English translation of the work at Project Guttenberg
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13329
anyone other than myself interested?
I think this would be a good addition to the catalogue. I would be interested in reading a role (Arkel?) I know the opera well
Michelle (wib66) is currently BCing another Maeterlinck play and might be prepared to do this one later.
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Post by Salvationist » October 30th, 2020, 7:53 pm

I agree with Alan that "Pélléas and Mélisande" is a great play suggestion. I would likely sign up to read a part.
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Scarbo
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Post by Scarbo » November 7th, 2020, 5:29 pm

I was just reminded of Aleksandr Ostrovsky's The Storm (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/7991/7991-h/7991-h.htm), which I read some time ago and remember enjoying. It looks like there's not any Ostrovsky in the catalog yet. Continuing the theme above of plays adapted into operas, Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova is based on The Storm.

Anyone interested?

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Post by ToddHW » November 8th, 2020, 7:11 am

Sorry to say I am too busy at this point to offer some of these great new suggestions. Soon... though I will help anyone that wants to offer one.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by jennlea » November 16th, 2020, 10:37 pm

Tchaikovsky wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 9:57 am
I was thinking of proposing Maurice Maeterlinck's tragic play "Pelleas and Melisande". The play was turned into an opera by Claude Debussy in 1902. I heard a reading of some of the love scene many years ago where one of the readers was actor Richard Thomas (best remembered as John Boy Walton) I think it would be an interesting project. There are 5 main characters and a handful of smaller roles.

Here is a link to an English translation of the work at Project Guttenberg
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13329

anyone other than myself interested?
Great suggestion! I hope someone picks it up. I’m not super familiar with the Opera since it wasn’t part of my repertoire but anything in the realm of Opera is of interest to me!
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