Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc @Metropolitan Opera, New York
May 3, 2019 - May 11, 2019
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time returns to the Met as the Prioress.
One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.
(Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
CONDUCTOR – Yannick Nézet-Séguin
BLANCHE DE LA FORCE – Isabel Leonard
MME LIDOINE – Adrianne Pieczonka
CONSTANCE – Erin Morley
MÈRE MARIE – Karen Cargill
MME. DE CROISSY – Karita Mattila
CHEVALIER DE LA FORCE – David Portillo
MARQUIS DE LA FORCE – Dwayne Croft