Patricia Petibon © Bernard Martinez

PATRICIA PETIBON as Blanche de la Force in Paris


Previously celebrated in the leading role of Francis Poulenc’s opera Dialogues des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2013 and at La Monnaie last December, Patricia Petibon now returns there to revive the role of Blanche de la Force in a production by Olivier Py.

The opera’s main theme is fear and searching for one’s place in life – illustrated here by the fate of Blanche de la Force. Early in the French Revolution, the young woman takes the veil at a Carmelite monastery, hoping that its strict rules will give her the firm grounding she seeks. Soon, she is confronted with the consequences of the revolution – the sisters are threatened by the guillotine, and Blanche finds herself escaping until she overcomes her fear of death.

Francis Poulenc’s setting of Georges Bernanos’ play is one of the most important operas of the 20th century. Jérémie Rhorer conducts the Orchestre National de France. 




Francis Poulenc: Dialogues de Carmélites


Patricia Petibon, Blanche de la Force

Sophie Koch, Mère Marie de l'Incarnation

Véronique Gens, Madame Lidoine

Sabine Devieilhe, Soeur Constance de Saint Denis

Anne Sofie von Otter, Madame de Croissy

Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Le Chevalier de la Force

Nicolas Cavallier, Le Marquis de la Force

Sarah Jouffroy, Mère Jeanne de l'Enfant Jésus

Lucie Roche, Soeur Mathilde

Francois Piolino, Le Père confesseur du couvent

Enguerrand de Hys, Le premier commissaire

Arnaud Richter, Le second commissaire

Matthieu Lécroart, Thierry, ein Arzt, ein Kerkermeister


Jérémie Rhorer, conductor

Orchestre National de France


Olivier Py, director

Pierre-André Weitz, stage and costumes

Bertrand Killy, light

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Paris | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées