Event Dialogues of the Carmelites
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Venue Opera Theatre (Sydney Opera House), Sydney, NSW
First Date 1 September 1984
Opening Date 1 September 1984
Last Date 26 September 1984
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Part of a Tour Yes
Description A haunting story of devotion, as Carmelite nuns, doomed by the French Revolution, search their souls for the courage to fulfil their vows of martyrdom. Joan Sutherland appears as Madame Lidoine, the Prioress who must lead her sisters to their death at the guillotine.
Madame Lidoine: Joan Sutherland; Madame de Croissy: Lone Koppel; Blanche: Isobel Buchanan; Constance: Anne Maree-McDonald/Fiona Maconaghie (Sep 24&26); Mother Marie: Heather Begg; Chevalier de La Force: Paul Ferris; Chaplain: Richard Greager; Marquis de La Force: Geoffrey Chard
Description Source Brochure
Primary Genre Music Theatre
Secondary Genre Opera
Name Function Notes
Francis Poulenc Composer
Richard Bonynge Conductor
John Bury Designer
Elijah Moshinsky Director
Joan Sutherland Singer
Text Nationality France
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information 9 performances: Sept 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 19, 22, 24, 26
Data Source
Source Description
Brochure Sydney Opera House, A Year of Fine Entertainment 1984
Programme PROMPT Collection. National Library of Australia
Brochure PROMPT Collection. National Library of Australia
Brochure Sydney Opera House Diary Sept 1984
Event Identifier 63094