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Thursday
21 May 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Sunday
24 May 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Saturday
30 May 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Wednesday
3 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Saturday
6 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Tuesday
9 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Friday
12 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Thursday
18 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Sunday
21 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Wednesday
24 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Saturday
27 June 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Friday
3 July 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Friday
10 July 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Wednesday
15 July 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Sunday
19 July 2020

Dialogues des Carmelites

Glyndebourne, Lewes BN8 5UU

Dialogues des Carmelites Tickets Glyndebourne 2020
21 May – 19 July, Francis Poulenc

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.

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Poulenc’s French Revolution-set opera was inspired by a true story.

40 individuals had their heads cut off, including 16 Carmelite nuns from Compiègne.’ This was dated 17 July 1794, from the diary of 69-year-old Célestin Guittard de Floriban (who took a particular interest in the public guillotinings) serves to remind us that Dialogues des Carmélites had at its centre a real event.

Initially, the French Revolution of 1789 was not intrinsically opposed to religion; but it was, from the start, unrelentingly harsh towards contemplative religious orders like the Carmelites. Writers in the Enlightenment had regarded such figures with something like contempt. ‘They eat, they pray, they digest’, was Voltaire’s summary. The wealth of their communities seemed a reproach when set against apostolic poverty. Indeed, religious houses formed a system of outdoor relief for supernumerary children of the upper classes.

In these anti-clerical polemics, nuns were invariably held to be victims. It was widely believed that most had been forced to take lifetime vows as minors and under pressure from their families. The nun’s veil was thus an iconic symbol of oppression. Where they were not (in a surprisingly widespread fantasy) believed to be degraded brothels where sisters held orgies with confessors and fellow nuns, convents were viewed as mini-Bastilles where defenceless girls were pitilessly incarcerated and abused mentally and physically.

In 1792–3, the French monarchy was overthrown, a republic founded and France drifted into war against most of Europe. The National Assembly reacted to the threat of state failure by adopting a policy of Terror. A deep abyss opened up beneath those who resisted the call of Revolutionary patriotism. The Carmelites of Compiègne were of this number.

In 1792, the Carmelite convent was taken over by Compiègne’s municipality and the sisters were dispersed around private homes in the town. In June 1794, Compiègne’s Revolutionary Surveillance Committee concluded that the sisters were holding ‘gatherings and conventicles’ with counter-Revolutionary intent.

Dialogues des Carmelites Performance Dates

MAY
Thu 21 Dialogues des Carmélites
Sun 24 Dialogues des Carmélites
Sat 30 Dialogues des Carmélites

JUNE
Wed 3 Dialogues des Carmélites
Sat 6 Dialogues des Carmélites
Tue 9 Dialogues des Carmélites
Fri 12 Dialogues des Carmélites
Thu 18 Dialogues des Carmélites
Sun 21 Dialogues des Carmélites
Wed 24 Dialogues des Carmélites
Sat 27 Dialogues des Carmélites

JULY
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Sun 19 Dialogues des Carmélites

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