Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites (Blu-Ray) – Véronique Gens

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites (Blu-Ray) – Véronique Gens

Composer: Francis Poulenc
Artists: Patricia Petibon, Sophie Koch, Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau, Rosalind Plowright, Topi Lehtipuu, Philippe Rouillon, François Piolino, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chœr du Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Conductor: Jérémie Rhorer
Director: Olivier Py
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: English, French, German
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Erato
Blu-Ray Release Date: November 24, 2014
Run Time: 169 minute

At the end of 2013, the year that marked the 50th anniversary of Francis Poulenc’s death, his gripping and moving operatic masterpiece, Dialogues des Carmélites, was staged in Paris by director Olivier Py with a cast featuring some of France’s finest female singers - Patricia Petitbon, Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau and Sophie Koch - under the baton of Jérémie Rohrer. Le Figaro described the production as “a thing of wonder,” while Le Monde called it “a masterpiece ... the most exciting and consummately achieved show to have been seen on a Parisian stage in a long time ... This was great work, magisterial and unforgettable.”

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Dialogues Des Carmélites

Francis Poulenc’s devastating story of faith, Dialogues Carmélites takes place between 1789 and 1794 in Paris and the town of Compiègne in northeastern France, the site of the Carmelite nuns’s convent.

Its historical basis is the martyrdom of a group of 16 Carmelite nuns and lay sisters from Compiègne, who chose to offer themselves as victims for the restoration of peace to France during the Revolution.
The three-act opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, and the aristocratic, Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling.

Dialogues Des Carmélites premiered at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan in 1957.

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