Music: Ogre's Opera

She was slim, pretty, and not yet 20. She stood shyly in the living room of a house in Paris' Rue du Bois. Bear-like Composer Claude Debussy ambled in, sat down at a piano with his back to her. "You are Mlle. Teyte?" "Yes, sir." "You are Mlle. Teyte—of the Opéra-Comique?" "Yes, sir." "Eh bien, we will start here." Before they had run through the first act of his one & only opera Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy hustled out to shout to his wife, "Here is a Mèlisande!"

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