Poulenc's Opera Of The French Revolution Presented At Baylor

Jan. 23, 2001

by Richard Veit

Baylor University's Opera Theater will present four performances of Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites Jan. 25-28 in the Jesse H. Jones Theater of Baylor's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-27. A matinée performance will take place at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

The production is under the general supervision of Richard Aslanian, lecturer in music and director of opera. Conducting the Baylor Opera Orchestra will be J. Christopher Buddo, director of ensembles and associate professor of double bass and conducting.

Based on a true incident, Dialogues of the Carmelites is a stirring opera of faith and martyrdom during the French Revolution. On July 17, 1794, 15 Carmelite nuns from a convent in Compiègne were guillotined as enemies of the French Revolution. In 1906, they were beatified and are now known as "the martyrs of Compiègne."

The opera premiered at La Scala in Milan, Italy, on January 26, 1957.

Tickets are now available at the theater box office. For more information, call 710-1865.

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