Dialogues of the Carmelites
January 6 & 8, 2006
“I am a musician without a label.” That is how French composer Francis Poulenc once described himself, and the eclectic body of music he created bears testament to that observation. It is also an apt description of his opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites. The piece, which debuted in 1957, is a modern, 20th century work, but its musical style is melodic and tonal and does not readily fit in with any of the dominant movements of Poulenc's times. It is a grim, fact-based tragedy, but it also imbued with an uplifting sense of spirituality that transcends the dusty pages of history or the acts of man.