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Monday 16 May 2022

Barrie Kosky’s New Production Of Dialogues Des Carmlites Will Make Its Delayed Premiere @ Glyndebourne In Summer 2023

Barrie Kosky's highly anticipated new production of Poulenc's powerful opera Dialogues des Carmélites will premiere next summer at the 2023 Glyndebourne Festival. It was originally scheduled to appear at the event in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Dialogues des Carmélites tells a compelling true story of religious martyrdom and follows the struggles of a young woman faced with a harrowing decision. 

A classic of twentieth-century opera, Poulenc's achievement is made all the more astonishing by the fact that it was his only full-length opera.

Glyndebourne's first-ever production of Dialogues des Carmélites will open on 10th June 2023 and is the first new production by Barrie Kosky at the opera house since his landmark production of Handel's Saul in 2015. 

Glyndebourne's Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and an exciting ensemble cast led by international soprano Danielle de Niese, making a role debut as the opera's heroine Blanche de la Force.

Stephen Langridge, Artistic Director of Glyndebourne, said: 

"The cancellation of the 2020 Festival left us with a queue of excellent productions, built and ready to go, but having to wait for their moment. 

"We were determined to get them back in our schedules as soon as possible, so I'm delighted that Poulenc's 'Dialogues des Carmélites' finally arrives on stage next summer. 

"The combination of Robin Ticciati, who continues his deep exploration of French music, and Barrie Kosky, with his unique theatricality and intelligence, delving together into this powerful, ultimately tragic story, promises an operatic experience not to be missed."

For more information on this year's Glyndebourne Festival CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley


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