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Dialogues des Carmélites

In this legendary production, director John Dexter and designer David Reppa brilliantly captured the stark drama of Poulenc’s only full-length opera, which tells the story of a group of nuns caught in the maelstrom of the French Revolution. Maria Ewing is Blanche de la Force, an aristocratic novice who flees her convent when it is desecrated, only to return and join her fellow nuns as they are led to their execution. The legendary Régine Crespin, in her final Met appearance, is Madame de Croissy, the prioress whose agonizing death haunts Blanche. Jessye Norman sings Mother Lidoine, the new prioress, and Florence Quivar is the comforting Mother Marie. French maestro Manuel Rosenthal conducts.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 4, 1987
Composer
Francis Poulenc
Librettist
Francis Poulenc
Run Time
2 HRS 49 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Manuel Rosenthal
Blanche de la Force
Maria Ewing
Madame Lidoine
Jessye Norman
Sister Constance
Betsy Norden
Madame de Croissy
Régine Crespin
Mother Marie
Florence Quivar
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