Summer 1902 in Auteuil.
The painter Jacques-Émile Blanche, a pupil of Henri Gervex who took his first steps in the social world under the protection of Count Robert de Montesquiou, is the fashionable portrait painter of Tout-Paris of the Belle Époque.
As a rich heir raised in a wealthy house in Passy - the former home of the Princess of Lamballe transformed into a clinic by her father - he hesitated for a long time between piano and painting.
Opera: a sporty Pelléas and Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
For his part, Claude Debussy, from a modest background, finally tasted success with
Pelléas et Mélisande
, a great premiere given in April at the Opéra Comique after ten long years of gestation.
It was the triumph after the wrath of Maeterlinck that had authorized him to use his libretto on condition that his companion, Georgette Leblanc, be the heroine, but she was replaced by the American-Scottish soprano Mary Garden ...
The meeting between the two men with such distant origins is far from being written.
It will be achieved through their common passion for art and music.
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