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Conference with Carlos Calderón
Pelléas et Mélisande
Thursday, 17 February 19:00
* Private and exclusive events for members of the Círculo del Liceo


The Music Commission of the Círculo del Liceo hosted the conference prior to the opera Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy, which is performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu from February 28 to March 18. The conference was given by Carlos Calderón, Dr. in Humanities, musician and historian.

The enigmatic Mélisande, who possesses a strange beauty, meets the king's grandson Golaud in the forest and goes on to become his wife. When she later falls passionately in love with his younger brother, Pelléas, the relationship ends in both their deaths.

Àlex Ollé interprets the score by resorting to the language of dreams, with additional references to Freud and Surrealism. The resulting aesthetic is akin to the style of other present-day directors such as Lars von Trier or David Lynch.


Carlos Calderón is an active lecturer at various Catalan cultural institutions. Since his arrival in Barcelona in 2003, he has been incorporated into the cultural and musical life of the city, distinguished by his investigative rigor, his entertaining lectures and the preparation of highly suggestive audiovisual presentations. He graduated in Architecture in Venezuela and simultaneously completed his full studies in Music. He completed higher studies in Logic and Philosophy of Science and has a master's degree in History of Sciences from the University of Barcelona. In 2013 he obtained a PhD in Humanities from the Pompeu Fabra University, directing his research towards the study of Music, Art and Science within the framework of a History of Culture.
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