Design Process

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Pelléas et Melisande is a study in sustained mood and style. 

The world of the opera is the mysterious kingdom of Allemonde on the edge of a vast sea, where the weather is frequently wet and damp, and the characters wander through deeply shadowed spaces lit by dim lanterns with intermittent shafts of sunlight that cut through the pervasive gloom.

In Act 1- Scene 1, the mysterious title character Melisande is found weeping in the darkening woods. All she reveals is her name and nothing else. Thus sets in motion a brooding story of illicit passion, incriminations, veiled threats, fratricide and death, unfurling in an impressionistic world epitomized by Debussy’s breathtaking and meditative opera score.


“Tom Umfrid brought a depth of vision and precision of execution to our award-winning production of 'Pelleas et Melisande' that acts as a beacon for all that is positive about collaborative creative work in opera.”— Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Director



By: Claude Debussy
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess
Venue: College-Conservatory of Music/ CCM
Scenic Designer: Thomas C. Umfrid
Lighting Designer: Steven Mack
Costume Designer: Dean Mogle
Hair & Makeup: Kelly Yurko
Technical Director: Amanda Shoup
Stage Manager: Constance Dubinski
Photographer: Mark Lyons