DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES – At Fort Mason, 3/31—4/3

SF Conservatory of Music Opera Theatre presents Francis Poulenc’s master tale of
the French Revolution

sean-martinfield-2-2.jpg
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The struggles of a group of 18th Century French Carmelite nuns seems an unlikely subject for an opera – especially considering the year of its premiere, 1957 – at La Scala. It is considered a true masterpiece of the 20th Century. For its annual spring production, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Opera Theatre presents Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Thursday, March 31st through Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00 PM at the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. The production is directed by Richard Harrell, director of the Opera Theatre program. It is fully staged, in English, and with supertitles. The music direction is by Kathryn Cathcart and Darryl Cooper. The Conservatory Orchestra will be conducted by Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and artistic director of Festival Opera, and a member of the Conservatory’s conducting faculty.
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: Dialogues of the Carmelites

guillotine-and-poulenc
Madame la Guillotine et Francis Poulenc

“Dialogues of the Carmelites is one of the most important operatic works of the late twentieth-century, and it is a great privilege to be able to introduce it to the Conservatory community,” says Harrell.  “It not only requires a sophisticated level of musicality, but it also demands a broad range of acting skills.  There are profound psychological conflicts which the characters encounter in this tragic story of sixteen Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution.  The final scene, in which the nuns are executed, is simply one of the most moving moments in the entire operatic repertoire.”

Adapted by the composer from the play by George Bernaros, Dialogues of the Carmelites wasn’t seen in the United States until 1966 when the NYC Opera took it on. The opera represents the culmination of Poulenc’s rediscovery of his Catholic convictions after a friend’s sudden death. Though set during the French Revolution, the opera’s true subject is not politics but the transference of grace as the central character, “Blanche”, grows from the anxiety of fear to the calm and certainty of martyrdom.

carmelites-dvd-and-cd

Add these recordings to your Classical Library:
DVD – Dialogues des Carmelites. Riccardo Muti conducts the Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus. Featuring: Philippe Fourcade, Ernesto Panariello, Gregory Bonfatti, Gordon Gietz, Giuseppe Altomare, Laura Aikin, Sara Allegretta, Maria Popescu, Mario Bolognesi, Barbara Dever, Christopher Robertson, Anja Silja, Dagmar Schellenberger, Danilo Serraiocco, and Francesco Musinu.

CD – Dialogues des Carmelites. Pierre Dervaux conducts the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Featuring:  Xavier Depraz, Gisèle Desmoutiers, Denise Duval, Liliane Berton, Rita Gorr,  Paul Finel, Janine Fourrier, Denise Scharley, Louis Rialland, Régine Crespin, René Bianco, Jacques Mars, Raphael Romagnoni, Charles Paul, Michel Forel, Max Conti.

About the Conservatory Opera Program:
The Conservatory Opera Theatre draws exceptionally talented young singers from around the world and provides them with advanced training in vocal style, acting, stage movement and other essentials of operatic craft. In the fall semester, the Opera Theatre presents an hour-long version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel or Mozart’s Magic Flute with sets and costumes in matinee performances for children, in addition to outreach performances. Presented in the spring semester, recent fully staged operas have included The Rake’s Progress, La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, faculty composer Conrad Susa’s Transformations, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, The Crucible, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Count Ory, Tales of Hoffmann and Albert Herring. In addition, eight programs of opera scenes with piano accompaniment from the Opera Workshop program are presented each year, which includes an ensemble devoted to performing one-act operas in their entirety.

» Don’t miss a thing. Get Sentinel breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox.

See related material:
Seán Martinfield YouTube with Janet Roitz – ‘Marked Woman’ (1937) and the song that gave it pizzazz – ‘My Silver Dollar Man’
“Would You Like A Souvenir?” – Sean Martinfield and Janet Roitz explore a song from Film Noir classic NORA PRENTISS (1947)
NEW ON CD – Icicle Creek Piano Trio: Haydn, Turina, Shostakovich
NATALIE DESSAY – Is “Lucia di Lammermoor” in HD at Sundance Kabuki Cinema
NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – Presents “Mastery of Schubert”, Featuring Soprano Melody Moore, 3/24–27
SF CONCERT CHORALE – Presents Herbert Howells’ Requiem and Arthur Honegger’s King David
“COPPÉLIA” – A SF Ballet Premiere, Cast Announced for Opening Night, 3/19
“THE HOMECOMING” – A Home Run at A.C.T.
BACH B-MINOR MASS – This week at San Francisco Symphony
KILLER QUEEN – The Story of “Paco the Pink Pounder”
ARE WE THERE YET? — At the Contemporary Jewish Museum, March 31st – July 31st
“PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI” – Final Performance, April 9th
“CALIENTE” – Opens Tonight, 3/10, at Teatro ZinZanni
RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS – Celebrates the Extended American Family, “Made In America”
KURT MASUR – Conducts the SF Symphony in All–Mendelssohn Concert, 3/10–12
FLORAL DESIGNER NATASHA LISITSA – Creating the Fantastical in the Wilsey Court for “Bouquets To Art 2011″
EDITOR’S CHOICE — HÉLÈNE RENAUT, Vinyl Release Celebration at Cafe du Nord, 3/9
ZHENG CAO – A Conversation with A Miracle Artist
MELODY MOORE – Soprano shines in SF Ballet’s “Nanna’s Lied”
MARNIE BRECKENRIDGE – An Interview with “La Princesse” of Philip Glass’ Orphée
SF BALLET –Program 4, All Tchaikovsky
ODC THEATER – Presents Sarah Michelson and Richard Maxwell’s “Devotion”
AVENUE Q – A Totally Fabulous Place To Be
SCHWABACHER DEBUT RECITALS – Begins February 20th at Temple Emanu-El
CONSTANTINE MAROULIS – Comes to the Curran Theatre in “Rock of Ages”
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT – Best Picture Nominee Cast Donates To On-line Charity Auction
DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY – This Sunday at Davies Symphony Hall
MARC HUESTIS PRESENTS – Lesley Ann Warren, Valentine’s Day At The Castro Theatre
EDITORIAL – A confession about ballerina Lorena Feijóo
PULP FASHION: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave at the Legion of Honor
YURI POSSOKHOV’S RAkU — Stunning World Premiere At San Francisco Ballet
CLYBOURNE PARK – A Bright Debut for Director Jonathan Moscone at A.C.T.
THE RITE – Right into the trash
“NUREMBURG: It’s Lesson For Today” – Rare Documentary Restored
COMPANY C CONTEMPORARY BALLET – Opens 9th Season
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – Opens September 9th with with Iréne Theorin as “Turandot”
PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI – Thrillpeddlers Extends Hit Show Through April 9th
BUDRUS – A Documentary on uniting Palestinians and Israelis
AVNER DORMAN, Composer – SF Symphony Presents World Premiere of “Uriah: The Man the King Wanted Dead”
CAMERON CARPENTER – Organist signs with CAMI Music and Konzertdirektion Schmid
FILM NOIR FESTIVAL – At the Castro Theatre, 1/21–30
THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS – Opening Celebration, January 14th
GISELLE – Opens SF Ballet’s 78th Season, 1/29/11
A Conversation with Elza van den Heever
THE BLACK SWAN – Don’t Save The Drippings
HEART OF A SOLDIER – SF Opera Commissions New Work
ARTHUR SZYK: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations
SF SYMPHONY – Announces 2011/12 Centennial Celebration
SHREK THE MUSICAL – Ogres and Freaks and Spells, “Oh, my!”
CD: MAHLER’S “Songs With Orchestra” – SF Symphony Completes Mahler Recording Project
GENIUS WITHIN: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
KARITA MATTILA – “Viva To The Diva!”
CLUB FOOT ORCHESTRA – A Conversation with Richard Marriot
WEST SIDE STORY – Most of it, anyway
Dr. ELISA STEPHENS – My Visit with the President
PHILHARMONIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA – 30th Anniversary Gala, 9/24
TENOR RAMÓN VARGAS – A Worthy “Werther” At San Francisco Opera
AÏDA – Spectacular Opening Night At San Francisco Opera
OPENING NIGHT AT SF SYMPHONY – A Mixed Bag
CUBAN BALLET – An Interview with Octavio Roca
A Look At “Giselle” with Ballerina Lorena Feijóo
DOLORA ZAJICK – Internationally Acclaimed Mezzo To Receive Merola Distinguished Alumni Award
BACH & FRIENDS – West Coast Premiere At The Kabuki, 7/14
FROM BEGINNING TO END – At the Castro Theatre, FRAMELINE34
DEBORAH VOIGT – A Captivating “Fanciulla del West”
JEANETTE MacDONALD – Hollywood Diva Remembered at the War Memorial Opera House
SABINA ALLEMANN – Former SF Ballet Ballerina Returns In A.C.T.’s “The Tosca Project
CD/DVD Release: CAMERON LIVE! – Organist Cameron Carpenter
THE RUFFATTI ORGAN & CAMERON CARPENTER at DAVIES HALL
AMANDA McBROOM – A rose for new CD, “CHANSON”
CAMERON CARPENTER – Stellar Organist Returns to San Francisco May 2nd
THE LITTLE MERMAID – “This Girl’s Got Everything!”
PEARLS OVER SHANGHAI – An Interview with Russell Blackwood
PIANIST MISHA DICHTER – A Conversation
ZUILL BAILEY – A Conversation
DAVID PERRY – On the “Dos and Don’ts of Social Media”
CAMINOS FLAMENCOS – A Conversation with Yaelisa
A CONVERSATION WITH LUCIE ARNAZ
JANE MONHEIT – At The Empire Ballroom
CAMERON CARPENTER – Up Close and Very Personal
RUBÉN MARTIN CINTAS – Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet
CHRISTINE ANDREAS – A Conversation with Beautiful Broadway and Cabaret Star
CD Review – REVOLUTIONARY, Cameron Carpenter, Organist
seans-new-photo
Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

» Don’t miss a thing. Get Sentinel breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox

SENTINEL FOUNDER PAT MURPHY
pat-murphy-wood-wall-nov-101
Photo By Luke Thomas FogCityJournal.com


Telephone: 415-846-2475
Email: SanFranciscoSentinel@yahoo.com

fidf

Comments are closed.