Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites

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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Erin Morley as Constance and Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' Erin Morley and Isabel Leonard in Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

During this time as the Metropolitan Opera’s director of productions (from 1974 to 1981) John Dexter directed an acclaimed production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, which was notable for its unadorned beauty and dramatic force.

This revival has a starry cast that includes Isabel Leonard, Patricia Racette, Erin Morley, Elizabeth Bishop and Paul Appleby, conducted by Louis Langrée.

Cast:

Conductor: Louis Langrée
Blanche de la Force: Isabel Leonard
Mme Lidoine: Patricia Racette
Constance: Erin Morley
Mère Marie: Elizabeth Bishop
First Prioress: Felicity Palmer
Chevalier de la Force: Paul Appleby

Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

I neglected to list with the operas dealing with catastrophic religious or simply political plots one that is both, Halevy's LA JUIVE, in which more than a dozen years ago I sang the role of Eleazar in a staged version in New York. That was both Caruso's and Martinelli's swan song operatic role ending their respective careers. Richard Tucker triumphed in the role and had he lived on might very well have achieved his desire to sing that role also at the MET OPERA. He had sung it in New Orleans and London.

May. 04 2013 07:03 PM
MAK

I just saw the rehearsal of this opera on Wednesday. Stark, haunting and powerful in its simplicity and beautiful performances. I'm still cringing from the musical swoosh of the guillotine. The actual nuns were beatified by Pope Pius X.

May. 04 2013 09:48 AM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well. Do not know this one.
Oh dear, Nuns that look like nuns. Recent productions from the Met have been too minimalist and stark.

May. 04 2013 07:58 AM

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