Francis Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)

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Serving as the basis for French composer Francis Poulenc's opera was the true story of the martyrs of Compiegne: during the French Revolution, the terreur and the Jacobin dictatorship's antagonism toward the Church resulted in the execution of sixteen Carmelite nuns in Paris on 17 July 1794. Their hair shorn and singing the Veni Creator Spiritus, the sisters each took their places under the guillotine. (The dictatorship came to an end exactly ten days later, with Robespierre himself being decapitated.)
At the centre of the story stands a young aristocratic girl, Blanche de la Force, who is driven by fear to flee to the convent. Through her struggles, the composer shows the trial of faith in a work whose finale is perhaps both the most fantastic and the most shocking in the operatic literature.
The work was staged by Ferenc Anger.

Dialogues des Carmélites
Opera by Francis Poulenc
Text from the drama by Georges Bernanos adapted with the authorisation of Emmet Lavery
from a story by Gertrude Von Le Fort and a scenario by Rev. Bruckberger and Philippe AgostiniPublisher Casa Ricordi, Milan


The criitics respond:
“The Hungarian State Opera has staged a thoroughly thought through production that is well developed in its own simplicity. Director Ferenc Anger and set designer Éva Szendrényi have creatively resolved how to depict the various spaces – library, cloister, sacristy, prison, street – using rolling blocks that function as bookshelves on one side and monastic cell wells on the other.” (Márton Devich, Magyar Idők)

Opera in three acts, in French, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Age limit: over 16 years

Events
MAY
19
Tue
19:00
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
Budapest, Erkel Theatre
5+ tickets
 
MAY
22
Fri
19:00
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
Budapest, Erkel Theatre
5+ tickets
 
MAY
27
Wed
19:00
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
Budapest, Erkel Theatre
5+ tickets
 
MAY
31
Sun
19:00
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
Budapest, Erkel Theatre
5+ tickets
 
CAST AND CREW
Director: Anger Ferenc

General cast:
Conductor: János Kovács

Blanche de la Force: Gabriella Létay Kiss
Marquis de la Force: Anatoly Fokanov
Chevalier de la Force: Gergely Boncsér
Madame de Croissy, the prioress: Lívia Budai / Bernadett Wiedemann
Madame Lidoine, the new prioress: Zita Váradi
Mother Marie of the Incarnation: Gabriella Balga
Sister Constance of St. Denis: Zita Szemere
Mother Jeanne: Éva Balatoni
Sister Mathilde: Melinda Heiter
Father Confessor: János Szerekován
First commissary: Tivadar Kiss
Second commissary: Róbert Rezsnyák
Officer: Géza Zsigmond
Gaoler: N.N.
Thierry, the valet: N.N.
Doctor Javelinot: N.N.

Credits:
Libretto after the drama of Georges Bernanos: Francis Poulenc
Director: Ferenc Anger
Set designer: Éva Szendrényi
Costume designer: Gergely Zöldy Z
Dramaturg, Hungarian surtitles: Judit Kenesey
English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki

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