Francis Poulenc

Dialogues des Carmélites

Glyndebourne’s first ever staging of an extraordinary 20th-century tragedy.

21 May – 19 July 2020
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Public booking opens online on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 6.00pm


Is martyrdom noble or arrogant, a worthy sacrifice or a wasteful one?

As the Revolution reaches its bloody height, Blanche de la Force turns her back on the world, searching for peace and purpose in the convent. But life as a Carmelite has its own horrors. Faced with an agonising choice, Blanche must let go of her fears and finally find the courage to live – or die.

One of the most devastatingly powerful operas in the repertoire, Dialogues des Carmélites is also one of the most beautiful. Steeped in Debussy, Monteverdi and Verdi, Poulenc’s lyrical score balances cinematic drama and scope, charged with the violence of revolution, with moments of startling simplicity and beauty. The composer may have asked rueful forgiveness for his nuns and their old-fashioned music, but this modern masterpiece needs no apology.

After a triumphant Saul, Barrie Kosky returns to direct Glyndebourne’s first ever production of Dialogues des Carmélites. Robin Ticciati conducts a superb ensemble cast.

A new production for Festival 2020. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Creative team

Robin Ticciati

Barrie Kosky

Katrin Lea Tag

Lighting Designer
Alessandro Carletti

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Master Aidan Oliver

Cast includes

Blanche de la Force
Danielle de Niese

Madame de Croissy, Prioress
Doris Soffel

Madame Lidoine, new Prioress
Golda Schultz

Mère Marie
Karen Cargill

Mère Jeanne
Fiona Kimm

Soeur Constance
Florie Valiquette

Marquis de la Force
Paul Gay

Chevalier de la Force
Cyrille Dubois

Father Confessor
Vincent Ordonneau

Supported by
Carol and Paul Collins through Glyndebourne Association America Inc.
and a Syndicate and Circle of Individuals

If you are interested in supporting a future production please contact or learn more here

Image credits
Main image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop

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