Dialogues of the CarmelitesFaith is put to the ultimate test in Poulenc’s powerful 1957 opera about an order of Carmelite nuns who refuse to renounce their beliefs in the wake of the French Revolution.


At turns hymnal and haunting, Dialogues of the Carmelites soars with exquisite harmonies, a sublime a cappella “Ave Maria,” and wrenching twists, including a chilling final tableau. Directed by WNO Artistic DirectorFrancesca Zambello, and performing an English translation approved by the composer, the stellar cast includes three fast-rising sopranos—the WNO debuts of Leah Crocetto (top left) and Layla Claire (bottom left), plus Ashley Emerson (Papagena in WNO’s The Magic Flute)—as well as leading mezzo-sopranos Dolora Zajick (Adalgisa in WNO’s Norma) andElizabeth Bishop (Brangäne in WNO’s Tristan and Isolde).


Feb. 21–Mar. 10 | Opera House


Free Pre-performance Opera Insights

Begin 1 hour before each performance (The Mar. 5 Opera Insight begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance)


Free Post-performance Artist Q&A

Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production. Immediately follows the Feb. 23 Monday evening & Mar. 8 Sunday matinee performance

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