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(Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande). Bar. Grandson of King Arkel, halfbrother of Pelléas and father of Yniold from an earlier marriage. He meets Mélisande when he is out hunting and she is wandering about lost. He brings her home and marries her, and introduces her to Pelléas. Golaud is injured when he falls from his horse, and while Mélisande is nursing him, he notices that a ring he gave her is missing from her finger—she has lost it while out with Pelléas. Golaud suspects her of being unfaithful to him with his brother. He uses his young son to spy on them, but Yniold sees nothing untoward. Golaud later finds them together, saying a passionate goodbye to each other, and he kills Pelléas. Created (1902) by Hector Dufranne.

Subjects: Opera.

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