Robert Carsen returns to the COC to bring his signaturehigh-impact approach to Poulenc's shatteringDialogues des Carmélites.
Excerpt from Dialogues des Carmélites, Arthaus 107135.Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan,Riccardo Muti, conductor. Dagmar Schellenberger, Anja Silja,Barbara Dever, Laura Aikin.
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Francis Poulenc wrote some of his most
haunting music for this story of an order
of Carmelite nuns caught up in the turmoil
and terror of the French Revolution.
After Carsen’s triumphant COC
productions of Orfeo ed Euridice and
Iphigenia in Tauris, the Toronto Sun
declared that “Robert Carsen’s genius
knows no bounds.” He returns to Toronto
to direct a cast of 150 performers led
by beloved Canadian stars Isabel
Bayrakdarian, Judith Forst and Adrianne
Pieczonka in a production described by
Variety as “subtle, yet gut-wrenching.”
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately two hours, 55 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in French with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Robert Carsen
Set Designer: Michael Levine
Costume Designer: Falk Bauer
Blanche de la Force: Isabel Bayrakdarian
Madame de Croissy: Judith Forst
Madame Lidoine: Adrianne Pieczonka
Soeur Constance: Hélène Guilmette
Production from Nederlandse Opera
Photos: (top) (centre, l - r) Christopher Enns as First Commissioner, Irina Mishura as Mother Marie and Evan Boyer as Second Commissioner; (middle) Jean-François Lapointe as Marquis de la Force, Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force and Frédéric Antoun as Chevalier de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites, 2013. Photos by Michael Cooper
Generously underwritten in part by Tim and Frances Price.
Additional support from:
Cecily and Robert Bradshaw; Nani and Austin Beutel; Walter M. and Lisa Balfour Bowen; Michael and Linda Hutcheon; Judy & Wilmot Matthews; Don McQueen and Trina McQueen O.C; Sue Mortimer; Colleen Sexsmith; Dr. Noëlle Grace and The Shohet Family; Samara Walbohm and Joe Shlesinger; Rosemary Speirs; Anonymous.