A Saturday morning treat today, 1/19/19 at 10 AM) for all you 'bee lovers' and 'opera lovers'... LIVE ON AIR: The Metropolitan Opera Broadcast with Mary Jo Heath Pelléas et Mélisande, By Claude Debussy. The French libretto was adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolist play Pelléas et Mélisande. https://www.kusc.org/
Maurice Maeterlink, 29 August 1862 – 6 May 1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was Flemish but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in appreciation of his many-sided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations". The main themes in his work are death and the meaning of life.
And where do the bees come in? Maurice Maeterlink, with a poet's sensibility and sensitivity, turned his attention to a bee hive, his obervations turned into a masterpiece. In "The Life of the Bee," Maeterlinck illuminates the whole life and society of the bee, from the structure of the hive, to the movement and meaning of the swarm, to the role and activity of the queen. "The Life of the Bee" is for all readers curious about a brilliant thinker's mediation on a force of nature that, ultimately, holds lessons about the human race and our universe. Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1911.
NOTE: The opera is not about bees!