Dialogues of the Carmelites

By Francis Poulenc
October 15, 18, 21, 26, 30, 2022


 

To live in fear—or die in faith.

Outside, scaffolds rise in city squares as priests, nobles, and political prisoners face the merciless blade of the guillotine. The aristocrat Blance de la Force had hoped the convent would serve as a sanctuary. But now, death is at the sisters' doorstep. And one by one, their faith will be tested.

San Francisco Opera Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads an incredible ensemble of singing acresses featuring Heidi Stober, Michelle Bradley, Michaela Schuster, and Deanna Breiwick, all making their role debuts in this 20th-century masterpiece.

 

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Sung in French with English supertitles

 

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RUNNING TIME

Approximately 3 hours including one intermission

Why You Should See It

A true story from France’s Reign of Terror comes to life in Poulenc’s most powerful opera, a testament to the power of the human spirit—and the faith we can find in each other.

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The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

“[Etienne] Dupuis the Canadian baritone deploys immense charm and seduction, phrasing with infinite finesse.”
Opera News

“[Adela Zaharia’s] voice was equal parts shimmer and opulence.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Luca] Pisaroni’s natural charm comes through, lending Leporello a touch of swagger.”
The New York Times

Synopsis

A fearful young noblewoman seeks sanctuary in a convent on the eve of the French Revolution—only to discover herself facing a much greater crisis of faith, as death comes for the nuns.

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Cast & Crew

Cast
Blanche de la Force Heidi Stober
Mme. de Croissy Michaela Schuster *
Mme. Lidoine Michelle Bradley *
Sister Constance Deanna Breiwick *
Chevalier de la Force Ben Bliss

Performances

October 15, 18, 21, 26, 30, 2022

Crew
Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Production Olivier Py *
Revival Director Daniel Izzo *
Production Designer Pierre-André Weitz *
Lighting Designer Bertrand Killy *
Chorus Director John Keene

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of Dialogues of the Carmelites can be found in our Archive.

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées production

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem.

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