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The Opera Institute at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Presents:

Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

Performed in French with English supertitles (fully staged in the version for two pianos)


Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8:00pm Tickets $25/15

Saturday, April 13, 2019 @ 2:00pm Tickets $25/15 + 8:00pm Tickets $25/15

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 2:00pm Tickets $25/15


Or call the box office at 562-985-7000

Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites tells the true story of an order of Carmelite nuns who were martyred for their beliefs during the French Revolution. Poulenc—known for his mastery of beautiful French melody—is at the top of his game in this masterpiece which first appeared at La Scala opera house in 1957.

Stage director Eli Villanueva of LA Opera returns after his successful Opera Institute productions of Chérubin and Candide. David Anglin, Opera Institute Director, will conduct this fully-staged performance.

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Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

Poulenc with cast in 1957.
Francis Poulenc with cast members.

Dialogues of the Carmelites was first performed in Italian in its premiere at La Scala, Milan in January 1957. The original French version premiered on June 21 at Opéra National de Paris. The US premier in English followed on September 20 at San Francisco Opera, famously featuring the professional operatic debut of Leontyne Price, in the role of Sister Lidoine. The opera was first presented in New York City on March 3, 1966 in a staging by New York City Opera. Dialogues of the Carmelites is among a comparatively small number of 20th-century works that has never lost its place in the international repertory.

Poulenc’s primary source for Dialogues of the Carmelites was the 1948 drama, of the same name, by George Bernanos. Bernano’s inspiration had been a 1931 novel about the Martyrs of Compiègne, The Last to the Scaffold by German author Gertrud von Le Fort. The heroine of the literary sources and the opera, Blanche de la Force, is entirely fictional.

Poulenc wrote only three operas, Les mammelles de Tirésias, La voix humaine, and Dialogues of the Carmelites. Dialogues is considered his most substantial opera and is dedicated to the composers Debussy, Verdi, Mussorgsky, and Monteverdi.


  • Conductor: David Anglin
  • Stage Director: Eli Villanueva
  • Set & Video Designer: Yee Eun Nam
  • Costume Designer: Paula Higgins
  • Lighting Design: David Zahacewski
  • Pianists: Brian Farrell & Guk Hui Han


Evening: April 12 & 13 @ 8:00pm

  • Marquis de la Force: Stefan Jevtic
  • Chevalier de la Force: Dominic Preston
  • Blanche de la Force: Belinda Gonzalez
  • Madame de Croissy, Prioress: Courtney Ankerfelt
  • Sister Constance: April Mendiola
  • Mother Marie: Melina Adragna
  • Madame Lidoine, New Prioress: Caroline Hyatt
  • Mother Jeanne: Christina Choate
  • Sister Mathilde: Candelaria Dangerfield
  • Thierry: Justin Baptista
  • L’Aumômier, Father Confessor: Jimmy Lopez
  • First Commissioner: Berkley Kielhack
  • Second Commissioner: Charles Egger
  • Officer: Tim Cervenka
  • M. Javelinot, a doctor: Cesar Ballardo
  • Jailer: Justin Baptista

Matinee: April 13 & 14 @ 2:00pm

  • Marquis de la Force: Malek Sammour
  • Chevalier de la Force: Thomas O’ Hara
  • Blanche de la Force: Saane Halaholo
  • Madame de Croissy, Prioress: Erin Alford (April 13), Courtney Ankerfelt (April 14)
  • Sister Constance: Mariah Maglalang
  • Mother Marie: Madeleine Adragna
  • Madame Lidoine, New Prioress: Emily Bosetti
  • Mother Jeanne: Nancy Morgan
  • Sister Mathilde: Niko Murakami
  • Thierry: Justin Baptista
  • L’Aumômier, Father Confessor: Vincent Loza
  • First Commissioner: Slater Astle
  • Second Commissioner: Charles Egger
  • Officer: Tim Cervenka
  • M. Javelinot, a doctor: Cesar Ballardo
  • Jailer: Justin Baptista

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