Dialogues Carmelites

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Francis Poulenc


Emmet Lavery and Francis Poulenc (after Georges Bernanos)


26 January 1957, Milan (La Scala)




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About the opera Dialogues Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites (in French, Dialogues des carmélites), is an opera in three acts by Francis Poulenc. In 1953, M. Valcarenghi approached Poulenc to commission a ballet for La Scala in Milan; when Poulenc found the proposed subject uninspiring, Valcarenghi suggested instead a screenplay by Georges Bernanos, based on the novella, Die Letzte am Schafott (The Last on the Scaffold), by Gertrud von Le Fort. Le Fort's work (the English translation of which was titled Song at the Scaffold) was based, in turn, on historical events which took place at a monastery of Carmelite nuns in Compiègne during the French Revolution (see Martyrs of Compiegne).

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Roles in Dialogues Carmelites

Marquis de la Force Baritone
Chevalier de la Force Tenor
Blanche de la Force Soprano
Thierry Baritone
Madame de Croissy Contralto
Sister Constance Soprano
Mother Marie Mezzo-Soprano
M. Javelinot Baritone

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All scenes from Dialogues Carmelites

Arias from Dialogues Carmelites

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Soeur Blanche de l'Agonie du Christ

Opera: Dialogues CarmelitesComposer: PoulencAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Blanche
2Ave Maria

Opera: Dialogues CarmelitesComposer: PoulencAct: 2

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: French

3Salve Regina

Opera: Dialogues CarmelitesComposer: PoulencAct: 3

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: French