Opera Theatre to present 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' on Nov. 15, 16

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Opera Theatre will present "Dialogues of the Carmelites" by Francis Poulenc at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 and 16, in Esber Recital Hall. One of the 20th century’s most powerful, important and emotionally challenging operas, it is set against the terrifying backdrop of the French Revolution. Based on a play by French playwright Georges Bernanos, it tells the story of a young noblewoman who becomes a nun against the wishes of her father and brother. This decision sets events in motion that lead to an outcome that is both tragic and triumphant.

The opera was premiered in Italian at La Scala in Milan in 1957 and had its premiere in France and the United States the same year. Penn State Opera Theater will present the opera in English, accompanied by pianist John Livingston.

Special guest performers include Penn State voice faculty member Jennifer Trost and Penn State alumnus Nathan Owen. Featured performers include Lisa Rogali, Jamie Rapaport, Carlos Feliciano, Alix Bigley, Lindsay McGinnis, Ryan Ordnung, Corie Auger, Julia Wolcott, John Nichici and a chorus of Carmelite nuns. The production is directed by Ted Christopher. Music director is Beverly Patton.

Tickets are $4.99 for the general public and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door approximately 45 minutes prior to curtain.

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Last Updated November 06, 2013