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What you loved about Dialogues des Carmélites

Read a selection of audience and critics' reactions to Dialogue des Carmélites.

The curtain has now gone up on our production of Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmélites.

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

Read what the audience and critics had to say about the production…


‘I have experienced many powerful nights at the opera, but I can’t remember any leaving me as emotionally wrenched as what Barrie Kosky achieves with this Glyndebourne staging… beg, buy or perhaps (for this story of religious martyrdom) pray for a ticket.’ ★★★★★

– The Times

‘Never, in my experience, has Poulenc’s masterpiece seemed so searingly a work of our time.’ ★★★★★

– Evening Standard

‘a wrenchingly powerful staging of a great opera’ ★★★★★

– The Telegraph

‘Strongest possible casting, directing and conducting sear the soul… this will go down as one of Glyndebourne’s most unforgettable achievements.’ ★★★★★

– The Arts Desk

‘Barrie Kosky delivers a devastating Carmélites at Glyndebourne… Go if you can.’ ★★★★★

– Bachtrack

‘it is difficult to imagine a realisation that could explore the piece’s concerns with more boldness or truthfulness.’ ★★★★★

The Stage


‘Saw this yesterday such a powerful piece beautifully sung . Amazing orchestra. The emotion, tensions, imagery, acting was astounding. There are many scenes that are still with me but the ending I have no words. Just incredible.’

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‘Glyndebourne at its best, telling a difficult story through a unique blend of drama, music, singing and stage direction. Superb!’

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‘The finest Glyndebourne in the thirty-nine I’ve been coming to the Festival.’

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‘It was one of the most moving productions I have ever seen.’

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Dialogue des Carmélites is on stage until 29 July 2023

Image credits: Dialogue des Carmélites, Festival 2023. Photos by Richard Hubert Smith

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