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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites / Muti, Schellenberger, Silja [DVD]

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Dialogues des Carmelites, opera, FP 159
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Live from the Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan comes Dialogues des Carmélites. The opera tells the story of a young noblewoman, Blanche, as she enters a Carmelite monastery. When the French Revolution occurs, Blanche's convent becomes government property and her sisters are condemned to death. Based on a historical account, Dialogues des Carmelites is a story of patriotism, faith and a powerful ode to the dignity of human life.

It has a beautiful staging, the Robert Carsen, one of the operas "rare" best spoiled by the DVD in the style of the Three Oranges by Prokofiev, also very well served. The address is of supreme beauty, greater than anything done previously, as heard in scene 2 of Act I or all of the beginning of Act II, reaching its peak in Scene 3, possibly the climax of the play, as the Salve Regina is the least sharp end of those who have heard since that bloody Dervaux, the classical interpretation with the composer during his lifetime. Anja Silja cast out and a perfect characterization of Blanche, with those necks so naked and beautiful.

Anja Silja delivers a performance every bit as concentrated as her Sentas, Leonores and Emilia Martys. It's quite frightening when she rises from her death bed...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 149 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Dialogues des Carmélites, opera, FP 159
  • Performers: Annamaria Popescu (Contralto); Laura Aikin (Soprano); Barbara Dever (Mezzo Soprano); Christopher Robertson (Baritone); Dagmar Schellenberger (Soprano); Gwynne Geyer (Soprano); Anja Silja (Contralto); Gordon Gietz (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: La Scala Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1953-1956