Carmelite Conversations Tonight

John Dexter production of Dialogues des Carmélites at the Met Opera

John Dexter production of Dialogues des Carmélites at the Met Opera

Francis Poulenc‘s 1956 opera Dialogues des Carmélites is back at the Metropolitan Opera this season in a rather famous 1977 John Dexter production, but for only three performances.  It was well-reviewed though, and tonight you can hear it live streamed starting at 7:25pm.

French Revolution-era political cartoon about the clergy

French Revolution-era political cartoon about the clergy, from the Library of Congress

The opera is based on a true story of the French Revolution, when 11 Carmelite nuns and their associates from Compiègne in Northern France, were arrested and executed for defying the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, meant to be the last nail in the coffin of monastic orders in Revolutionary France.  Their execution was famous because as they went to the guillotine, they sang a hymn, inspiring the opera’s famous last scene.

After the live stream, you can still listen to the full opera courtesy of the Internet Archive‘s collection of At The Opera radio episodes.  (More episodes available!)

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