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Dialogues des Carmélites

Composer:
Francis Poulenc
Original Language:
French
Librettist:
George Bernanos
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Description:
Opera in III Acts

Notes:

Text based on Gertrude von le Fort’s novel “Die letzte am Schafott” (1931) and a film scenario

Time:
Between April 1789-1792
Place:
The Carmelite Convent at Compiègne, Paris
Role Voice Part Classification
Mme. De Croissy, Prioress Contralto L
Mme. Lidoine, the new Prioress Soprano L
Mother Marie, assistant Prioress Mezzo-Soprano L
Sister Constance, a young nun Light-Soprano L
Blanche, his daughter Soprano L
Marquis de la Force Baritone F
The Chevalier, his son Tenor F
L'Aumonier, the Chaplain Tenor F
Mother Jeane, Dean Contralto S
Sister Mathilde Mezzo-Soprano S
The Jailor Baritone S
M. Javelinot, a doctor Baritone B
1st Commissioner Tenor B
2nd Commissioner Baritone B
1st Officer Baritone B
Thiery, Valet to the Marquis Baritone B
11 Carmelite Nuns Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Contralto B
1st Old Woman (Voisine) Speaking B
2nd Old Woman (Voisine) Speaking B
Old Gentleman Speaking B
A Woman's Voice (Off-Stage) Speaking CB

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Minimum Chorus:  24
Divisi:  SATB