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.
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 CARMÉLITES after a play of the same name by writer Georges Bernanos and the opera was given its premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1957.
Director Robert Carsen (Falstaff, ROH, 2012) brings his intense and daring production of DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES to The Royal Opera for the first time, with the original production from De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam. DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES culminates in one of opera's most devastating final scenes, as Blanche embraces death with her fellow nuns to a transcendent setting of the hymn Salve Regina hymn.
At Covent Garden's Royal Opera House from 29 May until 11 June 2014, book your DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES tickets today!
*Please note: Sung in French with English surtitles.
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