Dialogues of the Carmelites

Dialogues of the Carmelites


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Opera in 3 acts and 12 scenes, 1957
Music and Libretto Francis Poulenc

Opéra de Toulon, january 2013

CAST
Musical director, Serge Baudo
Staging and set design, Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Deloeuil
Costumes, Thibaut Welchlin
Lighting design, Rick Martin
Blanche de la Force, Ermonella Jaho ; Madame de Croissy, Nadine Denize ; Le Marquis de la Force, Laurent Alvaro ; Le Chevalier de la Force, Stanislas de Barbeyrac ; Madame Lidoine, Angeles Blancas Gulin ; Constance de Saint Denis, Virginie Pochon ; Mère Marie de l’Incarnation, Sophie Fournier ; L’aumônier, Olivier Dumait ; Le premier officier, Thomas Morris ; Le second officier / le geôlier, Philippe Ermelier
Orchestra and Chorus, Opéra de Toulon

PRODUCTION
Opéra de Toulon / Clarac-Deloeuil > le lab 



ABOUT
Contrary to what might be expected, we do not consider Dialogues des Carmélites as an historical opera. For us, the French Revolution is nothing but an historical backdrop for a definitely universal drama. Our show is not about history, but rather about spirituality. That is why our production is not grounded in any realistic, historically accurate convent. Our show takes place in a metaphorical space. Within that metaphorical space, our set and props consist in a minimalist selection of geometrical elements, at the same time raw and sophisticated. At the center of the stage lays a huge Catholic cross, entirely made out of white stones. This pristine white cross refers to the key symbol of Catholicism. But it also suggests a gigantic tomb. And more than anything, this cross, almost constantly present on stage, becomes an ideal vehicle for spirituality, for meditation and ritualistic actions.

Contact: info@clarac-deloeuil.fr

Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac
Dialogues of the Carmelites Poulenc Jaho Barbeyrac Deloeuil Clarac