Like many composers of the period, Debussy was deeply affected by Wagner's operas.
Donald Macleod looks at how Debussy was inspired - both by what he'd seen in Bayreuth and by the prevalent artistic influences in Paris - to write his dramatic works.
Rodrigue et Chimène (excerpt)
Gilles Ragon (tenor)
Hélène Jossoud (mezzo soprano)
Donna Brown (soprano)
Laurence Dale (tenor)
Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera
Kent Nagano (conductor)
Pelléas et Mélisande, excerpt from Act 3
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano)
Wolfgang Holzmair, Laurent Naouri (baritone)
National Orchestra of France
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian (excerpt)
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
James Conlon (conductor).