Pelléas and Mélisande nominated for UK Theatre Award

Scottish Opera’s production of Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande has been nominated for a UK Theatre Award 2017 in the Achievement in Opera category.

Sir David McVicar made a welcome return to Scottish Opera to direct Claude Debussy’s iconic opera for the first time in his career. He was joined by Rae Smith and Paule Constable, the design team behind the hit show War Horse, in creating a production inspired by the paintings of Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi that brought to life this enigmatic tale of love, honour, jealousy and loss.

Scottish Opera’s Music Director, Stuart Stratford, conducted The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and an outstanding cast including soprano Carolyn Sampson (The Rake’s Progress 2012) as Mélisande, Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize winner Andrei Bondarenko as Pelléas, Roland Wood (Il trovatore 2015) as Golaud, Alastair Miles as Arkel, Anne Mason (Il trovatore 2015) as Geneviève, and Jonathan May as the Doctor.

Pelléas and Mélisande delighted critics and audiences alike in February of this year, as part of the Company’s 2016/17 Season.

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate outstanding achievements in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The other nominees in the Achievement in Opera category are Opera North’s Turandot and Welsh National Opera’s Le vin herbé.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall, on Sunday 15 October 2017.