Dialogues of the Carmelites

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.

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Creative team

Conductor: Rani Calderon

Music director of Opéra national de Lorraine, this Israeli conductor excels at “bringing out the richness of the orchestral score and motivating the orchestra.” - CONCERTCLASSIC.com

Director: Francesca Zambello

A force on the world opera scene, this high-powered director is also artistic and general director of Glimmerglass Festival and artistic director of Washington National Opera.

Set designer: Hildegard Bechtler

La Scala, The Royal Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and more. Enjoy the work of this award-winning stage designer in this stunning production.

The finale excites and horrifies in equal measure ... deftly blending thrills and piety.

The Washington Post

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