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Dialogues des Carmélites

by Francis Poulenc

Wednesday 11 December 7.30pm

RNCM Theatre


The terror, turbulence and violent upheaval of the French Revolution provides the backdrop for Francis Poulenc’s powerful opera of faith, bravery and redemption. Blanche, 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…

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Andrew Greenwood conductor
Orpha Phelan director
tbc set and costume designer
tbc lighting designer
Rebecca Tong assistant conductor
Emma Black assistant director
Kevin Thraves chorus master

Come back soon for full cast and chorus information.

Dialogues des Carmélites is based upon a fictionalised version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns who, in 1794 during the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation.

‘…unlike every other opera about nuns, it finds space for a serious discussion about religion and the workings of divine grace that is never saccharine or merely consolatory: how hard it is to be good, how unsure the rewards of virtue.’ Philip Hensher

French composer Francis Poulenc (1899–1963) is known for a wide variety of works in many genres, including piano and chamber music, songs, ballets, three operas, and religious music, successfully combining mysticism with modern sensibilities. Poulenc wrote the opera’s libretto himself, based on an unproduced screenplay (that was then turned into a stage play) by Georges Bernanos, a French author with an interest in politics and religion, which in turn is based on the 1931 novella Die Letzte am Schafott (known in English as The Song at the Scaffold) by German writer Gertrud von Le Fort.

Pre-theatre dining is available before this event between 5pm and 7.30pm.

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