Dialogues of the Carmelites

Curtis Opera Theatre
Francis Poulenc

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Company Premiere
Mar. 5, 7, 9m, 2014 | Perelman Theater
Aurora Series for Chamber Opera

The final act is unforgivable. And unforgettable.

No one is immune from France’s Reign of Terror—not even a humble order of Carmelite nuns. Seized by revolutionary fervor, the country takes over the convent and condemns all of the sisters to death. Blanche, the terrified daughter of the wealthy Marquise de la Force and who recently joined the order, has the chance to escape with her life. But what would that mean for her soul? Uniquely staged to ramp up the charging drama until its riveting final act, Poulenc’s powerful, emotionally challenging 1957 opera inspired by historical events is a tale of terror, sisterhood, and inner strength.


Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Estimated Running Time:

Approximately three hours and 15 minutes, including one 20-minute and one 15-minute intermission


Performed in French with English supertitles

The Aurora Series is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation.
This production is funded, in part, through support from the William Penn Foundation.
The Curtis Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Produced by the Curtis Institute of Music and presented in association with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Featuring Curtis Opera Theatre Artists and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra