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Dialogues des Carmélites

Oper in drei Akten und 12 Bildern
Text nach dem Drama von Georges Bernanos
Bearbeitet mit der Genehmigung von Emmet Lavery
Nach einer Erzählung von Gertrude von Le Fort
und einem Drehbuch von Pfarrer Bruckberger und Philippe Agostini

24. May 2023
1 intermission
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27. May 2023
1 intermission
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30. May 2023
1 intermission
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02. June 2023
1 intermission
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Cast 24.05.2023

Musical Direction Bertrand de Billy
Production Magdalena Fuchsberger
Stage Design Monika Biegler
Costume Design Valentin Köhler
Video Aron Kitzig
Lighting Design Rudolf Fischer Robert Eisenstein
Blanche Sabine Devieilhe
Le Chévalier Bernard Richter
Madame de Croissy Michaela Schuster
Madame Lidoine Nicole Car
Mère Marie Eve-Maud Hubeaux
Le Marquis de la Force Michael Kraus
Soeur Constance Maria Nazarova


Of the three operas created by Francis Poulenc, his only full-length opera is based on a historical event from the time of the »Grande Terreur« in France: on 12 July 1794, 16 nuns belonging to the Carmel of Compiègne were executed in Paris. They had continued to practise their faith communally after the abolition of all religious communities by the National Assembly, and the charge of the Revolutionary Tribunal was accordingly counter-revolutionary practices. In the most famous scene of his work - the last - Poulenc set this very execution to music, following not only the literary models for his libretto but also tradition: the nuns ascend the scaffold, singing the Salve Regina. With the sound of the axe, one voice is cut off at a time, until at the end only one singer can be heard. When this voice is also interrupted by the sharp sound of the guillotine and shortly afterwards another soprano voice intones the Veni creator spiritus, the strong interweaving of historicising and fictional elements comes to a climax, which made the   such a gripping theatrical material and helped to secure the work an important place in the opera history of the 20th century.