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Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Schellenberger, Silja, Muti

Poulenc / Schellenberger / Silja / Lsc / Muti
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107315  
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Francesco MusinuPhilippe FourcadeMario BolognesiSara Allegretta,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When Canadian opera director Robert Carsen produced his intense and cogent staging of Francis Poulenc’s compelling opera Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in 2001, it impressed audiences and critics alike, and also gained the interest of Riccardo Muti, then musical director of La Scala in Milan. He arranged for the production to be staged by the famous Milanese opera company. Muti himself conducted Orchestra and Chorus of the Scala and a superb, handpicked cast of singers. German soprano Dagmar Schellenberger, who received much critical acclaim for this, her debut at La Scala, takes the role of the young aristocrat Blanche who, during the French Revolution, seeks salvation from her terror in a Read more convent. The action takes place in Paris and Compiègne between 1789 and 1794 and highlights the impacts of the Revolution and later Robespierre’s Reign of Terror on religious institutions. Following a decree dissolving all the country’s religious houses, the Carmelite nuns take a vow of martyrdom and sing their way to the scaffold. The last to die is Blanche, together with Soeur Constance, her close friend in the convent, sung by the American soprano Laura Aikin. American mezzo Barbara Dever gave her debut at La Scala in this production in the role of the assistant prioress Mother Marie. The production was particularly notable for the participation of Anja Silja as Madame de Croissy, and this recording allows us to experience one of the greatest singing actresses of our times.

Le Marquis de la Force – Christopher Robertson
Blanche, sa fille – Dagmar Schellenberger
Le Chevalier, son fils – Gordon Gietz
Madame de Croissy – Anja Silja
Madame Lidoine – Gwynne Geyer
Mère Marie de l’Incarnation – Barbara Dever
Sśur Constance de Saint Denis – Laura Aikin
Mère Jeanne – Annamaria Popescu
Sśur Mathilde – Sara Allegretta
L’aumônier – Mario Bolognesi
Officier – Giuseppe Altomare
Le premier commissaire – Gregory Bonfatti
Le deuxième commissaire – Ernesto Panariello
Le geôlier – Philippe Fourcade
Thierry – Danilo Serraiocco
Monsieur Javelinot – Francesco Musinu
Voix de femme – Sae Kyung Rim

Milan La Scala Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Bruno Casoni)
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Robert Carsen, stage director
Michael Levine, set designer
Falk Bauer, costume designer
Jean Kalman, lighting designer

Recorded from the Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, 2004

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound formats: PCM stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 149 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Dialogues des carmélites by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Francesco Musinu (Baritone), Philippe Fourcade (Baritone), Mario Bolognesi (Tenor),
Sara Allegretta (Soprano), Annamaria Popescu (Mezzo Soprano), Gwynne Geyer (Soprano),
Dagmar Schellenberger (Soprano), Christopher Robertson (Bass), Anja Silja (Soprano),
Gordon Gietz (Tenor), Laura Aikin (Soprano), Ernesto Panariello (Baritone),
Danilo Serraiocco (Baritone)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1956; France 

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