Baylor Opera Theater presents "Dialogues of the Carmelites"

Opera logo
Jan. 29, 2013

Follow us on Twitter:


Contact: Terry Goodrich,, (254) 710-3321

WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2013) - Much innocent blood was shed during the time of Robespierre's Reign of Terror. During the French Revolution, the guillotine was an instrument of death, becoming the most powerful symbol of the revolutionary cause.

One incident involved 16 Carmelite nuns who were executed by guillotine and eventually declared saints by the Catholic Church. Their story became the subject of Francis Poulenc's opera "Dialogues of the Carmelites" and will be presented by Baylor Opera Theater at 7:30 p.m. these days: Tuesday, Jan. 29; Thursday, Jan. 31; Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre in Hooper-Shaefer Fine Arts Center, 60 Baylor Ave.

"This Opera is a hybridization of art and history," said Logan Wright, senior vocal performance major performing the role of the second officer, the protagonist in the opera.

"It presents a historical account of events that took place at the monastery of Carmelite nuns in northern France in the wake of the French Revolution," Wright said. "Students will experience a part of history in an entertaining way that they may not have experienced before."

These four performances feature students from the vocal division and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, under the instruction of pianist and voice coach Jeffrey Peterson, Ph.D., with stage direction by Octavio Cárdenas, director of opera.

Reserved tickets are $15 and are on sale at the Department of Theatre Arts box office. For ticket information, call the box office at (254) 710-1865.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

Looking for more news from Baylor University?