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The Mendel Music Library will be streaming The Metropolitan Opera's 2019 production of "Dialogues des Carmélites," (Dialogues of the Carmelites) with music and libretto by French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963).
Premiered in 1957 at La Scala and a few months later in Paris, the opera tells the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, nuns who were guillotined during the Reign of Terror in late 18th-century Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation.
Under the baton of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the cast includes: Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force), Adrianne Pieczonka (Madame Lidoine), Erin Morley (Constance), Karen Cargill (Mère Marie), Karita Mattila (Madame de Croissy), David Portillo (Chevalier de la Force), and Jean-François Lapointe (Marquis de la Force).
Musicology graduate student Campbell Shiflett, who organized the current Les Six exhibit in the Mendel Music Library, will give a pre-opera talk. The opera will be streamed via Princeton University Library's subscription to Met Opera on Demand. Snacks and drinks provided. Open to all. Questions? Email Darwin Scott, Mendel Music Librarian.