Tonight, soprano Anna Prohaska makes her long-awaited debut as Mélisande alongside Rolando Villazón in the Staatsoper Hamburg production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. The all-star cast also features fellow AH artist Simon Keenlyside in the role of Golaud.
To mark the occasion, Anna was interviewed by the Staatsoper about her thoughts on the role and being involved in the somewhat iconic Willy Decker production:
“I sang my first ever opera role, the Yniold, in a production by Jörn Weisbrodt at the Theater am Halleschen Ufer in Berlin. That was almost 20 years ago. Since then I have been obsessed with “Pelléas et Mélisande” and have waited a long time for the opportunity to sing the title part and look forward to impersonating it here in this legendary production by Willy Decker.”
Tonight’s performance marks the second of five extraordinary role debuts for Anna this season. Beginning with the Anna Reich Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor for the Deutsche Staatsoper last month, Anna will sing Ilia Idomeneo for the Deutsche Staatsoper next Spring, Messiaen’s L’Ange Saint François d’Assise also for the Staatsoper Hamburg, and the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence at the Aix-en-Provence Festival next Summer. Alongside Anna’s operatic work, she releases two albums this season, ‘Paradise Lost’ with Julius Drake, and ‘Maria Mater Meretrix’ with the Camerata Bern and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.
To find out more about this production, including a sneak preview of Anna’s performance as Mélisande, visit the Staatsoper Hamburg website.
Main image © Jörn Kipping