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A profound experience

Witness what has been called one of the most profoundly moving works in all opera.

It’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, the true story of nuns during the height of the French Revolution who chose to die rather than betray their faith. The climactic final scene will stick in your memory long after you leave the theater.

The opera by French composer Francis Poulenc premiered in 1957, just over a decade after he lived through the Nazi occupation of his country.  There are many parallels between that more recent terror and the opera’s setting in the late 1700s. Poulenc drew from those parallels, and from 20th century musical and visual motifs. The result is a work that is cinematic, riveting and unforgettable.

Dialogues of the Carmelites is staged by internationally acclaimed British director David Edwards, the 2012 Jeannine B. Cowles Distinguished Professor of Opera. He took the position at the special request of PSU Opera Director Christine Meadows, whom he directed when she performed in Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Portland Opera 10 years ago.

Don’t miss this unique and powerful entertainment experience.

About PSU Opera

Portland State has won awards from the National Opera Association and is the only university in Oregon that produces a full opera each year.

April 27, May 1, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m.
April 29 at 3 p.m.
Conductor: Ken Selden
Lincoln Performance Hall, Room 175
Tickets: PSU Box Office 503-725-3307