The Met: Dialogues Des Carmélites

189min • NR • No Passes


Lark Theater Sat, May 11 9:00 AM
Lark Theater Wed, May 15 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Special Event
Release Year:2018
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka, Erin Morley, Karen Cargill


Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.