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Pelléas and Mélisande 1972Scottish Opera

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Colin Graham mounted a handsome and powerful production of this haunting masterpiece, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Scottish Opera. George Shirley had already played Pelléas in the Covent Garden production conducted by Boulez (and recorded). John Shirley-Quirk had sung Arkel with the company in 1962 as well as the Shepherd and Doctor at Glyndebourne. and now returned as Golaud. Joseph Rouleau was the only principal of that 1962 cast to return. Jeanette Pilou was making her highly successful British debut, though she did not return.

Performance Cast


John Shirley-Quirk


Jeanette Pilou

Geneviève mother of Golaud and Pelléas

Anna Reynolds

Arkel King of Allemonde, grandfather of Golaud and Pelléas

Joseph Rouleau

Pelléas Golaud’s half-brother

George Shirley

Yniold son of Golaud

Gillian Ramsden


Norman White


Norman White

Performance DatesPelléas and Mélisande 1972

Map List

King's Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

18 May, 19.30 20 May, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

31 May, 19.30 2 Jun, 19.30 5 Jun, 19.30

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