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Dialogues of the Carmelites
Hawaii Opera Theater
One of the twentieth century’s most powerful, important and emotionally challenging operas, Dialogues of the Carmelites is based on a play by Georges Bernanos and was premiered at La Scala in Milan. Set against the terrifying backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story about a young woman of nobility who becomes a nun, against the wishes of her father and brother. Blanche de la Force is deeply afraid of the terror of the world in which she finds herself and joins the convent in an attempt to find refuge where she can live and work without fear. And then the Revolution begins and nothing is ever the same again. This is a story about real people but told with some abstractions that reflect the fact that often what we say to each other is not exactly what we mean.