May 11, 2019
May 26, 2019
Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) FIRST TIME IN HD
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: John Dexter
Set Designer: David Reppa
Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Revival Stage Director: David Kneuss
Cast: Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force), Adrianne Pieczonka (Mme Lidoine), Erin Morley (Constance), Karen Cargill (Mère Marie), Karita Mattila (Mme De Croissy), David Portillo (Chevalier de la Force), Dwayne Croft (Marquis de la Force)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.
One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.
Running time: 3hrs 9m