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    • 11/9/2012 8:00 PM
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2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Details: 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).
Some sources credit Emmet Lavery as librettist or co-librettist, but others only say, "With the permission of Emmet Lavery."[1] The libretto is unusually deep in its psychological study of the contrasting characters of Mother Marie de l'Incarnation and Blanche de la Force.
Dialogues contributes to Poulenc's reputation as a composer especially of fine vocal music. The dialogues are largely set in recitative, with a melodic line that closely follows the text. The harmonies are lush, with the occasional wrenching twists that are characteristic of Poulenc's style. Poulenc's deep religious feelings are particularly evident in the gorgeous a cappella setting of Ave Maria in Act II, Scene II, and the Ave verum corpus in Act II, Scene IV. During the final tableau of the opera, which takes place in the Place de la Nation, the distinct sound of the guillotine's descending blade is heard repeatedly over the orchestra and the singing of the nuns.
Tickets: 405.208.5227
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Contact: Clint Moore

Category: Performing Arts : Opera/Musical

This event last updated on 6/20/2012 by C. Moore

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