Friday, 10 November 2006

More on Pelleas and Melisande

Faure's incidental music to Maeterlinck's play was written for an 1898 production in London, starring Mrs. Patrick Campbell. She went on to play the role again in 1904 opposite Sarah Bernhardt (in fact they alternated roles). The 2 actresses evidently kept playing practical jokes on each other, there are stories about Frogs (Bernhardt had a horror of them) and raw eggs. Goodness knows what the actual performances were like.

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