Leo Nucci says that there are not small roles, but indeed there are small artists. There’s a lot of truth in this statement I think. The role of the Doctor in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande is far to be a dream role for a bass (he appears only in the fifth and last act of the opera and sings short sentences here and there) but the whole scene has been so well conceived by Debussy and so well directed by Benjamin Lazar that the Doctor becomes a key presence on stage during Mélisande’s farewell to life.
If you want to watch this marvellous production please click here! https://www.svtplay.se/video/14933532/kulturstudion/kulturstudion-pelleas-och-melisande