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Opera begins weekend run

Jan. 26, 2001

By CAROLINE BORIACK

Reporter

Dialogues of the Carmelites, a Baylor Opera Theater production, opened last night and will show through Sunday at the Jesse H. Jones Theater in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a matinee showing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The opera, written by Francis Poulenc, is set during the French Revolution and tells the story of Carmelite nuns who risked their lives for their religious beliefs. Based on a true story, the main character, a young nun named Blanche de Force, has her faith tested at the hands of the secular government.

The Carmelite nuns were arrested by the French government and guillotined as enemies of the French Revolution. They are now known as 'the martyrs of Compeigne.'

'[This is] a story of people's beliefs in religion and if they are willing to put their lives on the line,' said Richard Veit, concert and promotion manager.

Dialogues of the Carmelites was written in 1957 and has been performed at the Metropolitan Opera. Baylor's production includes a full orchestra, scenery, costumes, and props. Paula Homer, from the University of North Texas, is the guest stage director.

'It's one of the greatest operas of the 20th century,' producer Richard Aslanian said. 'That's why I chose it.'

Tickets are available for all performances at the box office in Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets cost $8. There is a $2 discount with a Baylor ID.