The Met Opera: Dialogues des Carmelites (screening)
Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads Poulenc's masterpiece. As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, becomes a novice nun under elderly prioress-Met legend Karita Mattila.
Blanche's aristocratic family flees the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent. When the nuns are expelled from the convent and threatened with death, Blanche must make an agonising decision.
In the shattering final scene, the nuns walk towards the guillotine singing Salve Regina: Their voices are cut off, one by one, with each stroke of the blade, until all are silenced. Poulenc's devastating portrayal of faith and martyrdom is Live in HD for the first time.
Sunday 12 May 2019 5pm
Running time: 190 minutes
Screening Ticket: £15
Event type: Music and literature
Venue: The McMillan Theatre, Lower Bath Road, Bridgwater. TA6 4PZ
Nearest town: Bridgwater, Somerset, UK
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