Stage Director – Dmitry Bertman
Music Director – Vladimir Ponkin
Set and Costume Designers – Igor Nezhny and Tatiana Tulubieva
Opera of French composer Francis Poulenc “Les Dialogues des Carmelites” was created in 1956 for Milan’s “La Scala” theater after G. Bernanos play. The libretto is based on the tragic story of the French revolution times.
Revolutionary authorities issue a decree about liquidation of Carmelites monastery. The nuns led by mother superior are condemned themselves to excruciating death at the scaffold. Blanche, Marquise de la Force’s daughter, who took shelter in the saint cloister, decides to meet the destiny sharing the sad lot with her saviors.
“Les Dialogues des Carmelites” is one of the brightest Poulenc’s works, in which the composer reaches the highest tragic power. The expressive melodious women parts, rich musical substance of the composition made it desirable for stages of many opera theatres. “Les Dialogues des Carmelites” were staged in Paris, London, San-Francisco. Part of Blanche, the main heroine, has coloured the repertoire of world’s most famous soprano: Denise Duval, Kiri Te Kanawa, Carol Vaness.