Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (1902) is one of the most important works in the early 20th century, a harbinger of subsequent milestones in the history of opera. Strongly reacting to Wagner’s influence and deeply involved in the Symbolist movement in art and literature, Debussy creates a timeless, quiet, subtle and dreamlike version of the typical operatic love triangle story. This masterpiece will be Opera Southwest’s spring production.

Julius Kaplan is a lifelong opera fanatic who was on the board of Opera Southwest for 14 years. A art historian by profession (PhD, Columbia University), he attended operatic performances whenever the opportunity arose. A great believer in experiencing live performances, he became an opera educator in order to share his enthusiasm for this deeply moving art form.