The Metropolitan Opera: Dialogues de Carmélites
Run Time: 210 Minutes
A three-act French opera, Dialogues des Carmélites premiered in Milan in 1957, with both the music and the libretto by Francis Poulenc. This classic John Dexter production, running 3-11 May, is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and led by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, singing the role of Blanche, and soprano Karita Mattila as the Prioress. Dialogues des Carmélites is set during the French Revolution and follows the story of timid aristocrat Blanche de la Force, who decides to join a Carmelite monastery. As the nuns refuse to renounce their vocation during the Reign of Terror, the opera is tragic, beautiful, and a story that still holds weight to this day.