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Dialogues Des Carmelites archiveBlanche, the timid daughter of an aristocrat, joins the Carmelite order of nuns, against the wishes of her family. In the monastery she meets Constance, a lively peasant girl, who makes a shocking prophecy.


Music: Francis Poulenc

Archive listings for Dialogues Des Carmelites

Work type: Play.


The terror and turbulence of the French Revolution provides the backdrop for Francis Poulenc's powerful opera of faith, bravery and redemption. Poulenc created the libretto for Dialogues des Carm?lites after a play of the same name by writer Georges Bernanos and the opera was given its premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1957. It arrived at Covent Garden the following year, with a cast that featured Dame Joan Sutherland in the role of the courageous Mother Marie of the Incarnation. Running time: 3hrs (inclu one interval), Sung in French with English surtitlesProducer Royal Opera. Conductor Simon Rattle. Director Robert Carsen. Design Michael Levine. Costume Falk Bauer. Lighting Jean Kalman. Director Philippe Giraudeau (movement). Performer Sally Matthews (Blanche). Company Royal Opera Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Performer Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force). Performer Anna Prohaska (Sister Constance). Performer Emma Bell (Madame Lidone). Performer Sophie Koch (Mother Marie). Performer Deborah Polaski (Madame de Croissy). Performer Thomas Allen (Marquis de la Force). Performer Yann Beuron (Chevalier de la Force). Performer Elizabeth Sikora (Mother Jeanne). Performer Catherine Carby (Sister Mathilde). Performer Alan Oke (Father Confessor). Performer David Butt Philip (First Commissary). Performer Michel de Souza (Second Commissary). Performer Ashley Riches (First Officer). Performer Craig Smith (Gaoler).
29 May 14 to 11 Jun 14Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L1694154547


Sung in French with English supertitles.Company The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Opera School. Director Will Kerley. Conductor Timothy Dean. Design Gemma Fripp.
1 Feb 01 to 3 Feb 01Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L1348078419

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