This July marks the 225th anniversary of the martyrdom of Carmelite Nuns during the Reign of Terror. On July 17th, 1794, 16 nuns were found to be a danger to society and subsequently sentenced to death by guillotine for “refusing to obey the Civil Constitution of the Clergy” which demanded the suppression of the order. Instead of abandoning their monastic vows, the sisters took a new vow of martyrdom. They renewed their vows together at the foot of the scaffold and then sang as they mounted the steps.
This July, Saltworks Opera invites you to share their story as told through the experience of young novitiate, Blanche de la Force. Dialogues of the Carmelites was completed by Francis Poulenc in 1956. Since its premier it has earned its place as a gem of operatic repertoire. True to Poulenc’s desire for the opera to appear in the vernacular, this production will be in English.
If you wish to become a sponsor or co-producer of Dialogues of the Carmelites, simply click the link below to visit our Star Sponsors’ page. There you may make a donation through PayPal; just include “Carmelites” in the memo line.
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checks can be made out to and mailed to A.C.E.S. just write “saltworks opera’ in the memo line on your check and send to:
P.O. Box 112
Exmore, VA 23350