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Work: Dialogues des Carmélites

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ComposerPoulenc, Francis (1899-1963)
Period20th century
Year1957
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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RigaDialogues des Carmélites

Dialogues des Carmélites
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Vincent Boussard; Latvian National Opera; Vincent Lemaire; Clara Peluffo Valentini

BudapestDialogues des Carmélites

Dialogues des Carmélites
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Éva Szendrényi
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Faith and anguish: Carmélites at the Met

Erin Morley (Constance) and Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
An unforgettable evening at the Met as John Dexter's production of Poulenc's masterpiece is revived to close the season. 
****1
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Anne Sofie von Otter dominates the scene in Stockholm's Carmélites

Anne Sofie von Otter (Madame de Croissy) © Micke Sandström | Kungliga Operan

The Royal Swedish Opera revives Garpe’s production of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with a committed cast.

***11
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A fear of fear: Poulenc's Carmélites in Aachen

Faustine De Monès (Sœur Constance) and Suzanne Jérosme (Blanche) © Ludwig Koerfer
The forces of Theater Aachen impress in a suitably harrowing and searing production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmèlites.
****1
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Disappointing Dialogues des Carmélites

Chloe Latchmore (Mère Marie), Bertie Watson, Georgia Mae Bishop (Madame de Croissy) © Clive Barda
The most moving scene in 20th-century opera went for nothing
**111
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Carsen's Carmélites returns to Amsterdam

Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force) © Hans van den Bogaard
After showing in 13 theatres around the world, Robert Carsen’s Dialogues des carmélites returns again to Amsterdam, where it was premiered in 1997. Almost 20 years on, its finale remains a shattering theatrical experience.
****1
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