First ever performance in Frankfurt
DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES
Opera in three acts by Francis Poulenc. Arrangement for chamber orchestra made by Takeshi Moriuchi. Sung in French with German and English surtitles. Premiere in Frankfurt: Sunday July 4th 2021, at 18.00hrs in the Opera House.Further performances: July 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th 2021. These performances all begin at 19.30hrs.
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This opera is based on a historical fact: in 1794 the Carmelites of Compiègne sang „Veni creator“ as they went to the guillotine, one by one. The French author Georges Bernanos took up the German writer Getrud von le Fort’s 1931 novel for a screen play in 1947. Poulenc used his dialogues as the basis for his opera’s libretto. The work climaxes in the execution scene, the shattering effect of which leaves nobody unmoved. A corona friendly arrangement for chamber orchestra has been made by Oper Frankfurt’s head coach Takeshi Moriuchi.
The Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė is appearing in Frankfurt for the first time. The internationally sought-after director Claus Guth has produced many highly praised productions in his home town of Frankfurt. The Italian baritone Davide Damiani (Le Marquis de la Force, and others) is back following on from his appearances in the Křenek triple bill. Another regular guest in Frankfurt is the Swedish soprano Maria Bengtsson (Blanche). The Italian mezzo-soprano Elena Zilio (Madame de Croissy) was last heard here in 2017, as Filipjewna in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. All other roles are being sung by Members of Oper Frankfurt’s Ensemble.
With: Davide Damiani (Le Marquis de la Force a.o.); Maria Bengtsson (Blanche de la Force); Jonathan Abernethy (Le Chevalier de la Force / Father Confessor to the Carmelites); Elena Zilio (Madame de Croissy); Ambur Braid (Madame Lidoine, the new Prioress); Claudia Mahnke (Mère Marie de l’Incarnation); Florina Ilie (Soeur Constance de St. Denis); Hans-Jürgen Lazar (1st Commissioner / Thierry, servant), and others. Conductor: Giedrė Šlekytė; Director: Claus Guth.
Tickets cost € 15 to € 155 (with a 12.5% pre booking fee when not purchased direct from the theatre) and can be obtained by telephone +49 (0)69 212 49 49 4 or online www.oper frankfurt.de