Be moved by Dialogues of the Carmelites
Music and libretto by Francis Poulenc
The finale excites and horrifies in equal measure … deftly blending thrills and piety.”
– The Washington Post
The French Revolution’s bloody reign of terror is at its zenith, every aristocrat is fair game, and the country’s convents and monasteries are under siege.
In 1794, 16 nuns of the convent of Compiègne were martyred—imprisoned and then guillotined for refusing to denounce their vocation and faith.
Their story is the inspiration for Poulenc’s wrenchingly beautiful masterpiece. A timid young aristocrat enters the convent thinking she’ll find safety and peace . . . a beloved Mother Superior rages at God as she faces death . . . a novice exhibits grace beyond her years. Each woman’s emotional and spiritual journey is illuminated through the composer’s dramatic and musical virtuosity.
In French with English supertitles.
Washington National Opera production.