The Royal Opera - Dialogues des Carmelites Reviews
5 June 2020
Sophie Koch (Mère Marie)
Sophie Koch (Mère Marie)
Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force)
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Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force)

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Dialogues des Carmelites

The Royal Opera

No. of reviews: 18

Las Carmelitas y sus miedos
21 Jun 14 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Poulenc's tale of a group of nuns sentenced to death during the French Revolution is unforgettable
10 Jun 14 / Express
Dialogues des Carmélites par Carsen et Rattle à Covent Garden
10 Jun 14 / ResMusica
The final scene is as heart-wrenching as it should be
7 Jun 14 / The Jewish Chronicle
A gripping tale
7 Jun 14 / Express
Dialogues des Carmélites brings out the best in Poulenc – and the Royal Opera House
5 Jun 14 / The Spectator
Moving and full of heart
4 Jun 14 / Musical Criticism
Covent Garden’s Carmélites an impressive production
4 Jun 14 / Seen and Heard
Simon Rattle’s conducting is exceptional, while the evening is filled with an abundance of brilliant performances
2 Jun 14 / Music OMH
Simon Rattle conducts a radiant account of Poulenc’s opera
2 Jun 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
An evening of considerable emotional power, in which a great opera is well served by the compan
2 Jun 14 / The Stage
Simon Rattle loves this score - but can the production match?
2 Jun 14 / The Arts Desk
Poulenc's harrowing opera about Carmelite nuns is lost in space but saved by a finely wrought performance
1 Jun 14 / The Observer
Focused and strong
31 May 14 / Telegraph
A minimal yet powerful staging by Robert Carsen
31 May 14 / What's on Stage
A production that leaves you with a lump in your throat
31 May 14 / The Guardian
Minimalist intensity
31 May 14 / Bachtrack
In its quiet, crepuscular way, this is a grimly compelling production
30 May 14 / Classical Source
Cast of homeless people wows opera snobs
On Wednesday, homeless and ex-homeless performers will take their final bow on the main stage of the Royal Opera House after a successful run of Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.
Simon Rattle leads a revolution at the Royal Opera House
How do you give Poulenc's opera about revolutionary France an authentic edge? Cast homeless people, ex-offenders and the unemployed.
Production details
Allen, Beuron/Gomes, Matthews, Gillespie, Polaski, Prohaska, Koch, Bernays, Bell, Sikora, Carby, Oke, Butt Philip, de Souza, Riches, Smith
(c) Rattle (d) Carsen
Performance dates
29 May, 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 June 2014
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