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Herberger College Lyric Opera Theatre presents Dialogues of the Carmelites


From left: Constance (Shelly Gorr) and Blanche (Verónica Lelo de Larrea) in the Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre production of Dialogues of the Carmelites, at ASU Feb. 24, 25 and March 3, 4. Photo by Tim Trumble

February 03, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre (LOT) presents Francis Poulenc's classic operaDialogues of the Carmelites , the true story of martyred nuns during the French Revolution. The production runs Feb. 24, 25 and March 3 and 4.

In this moving and tragic masterwork about redemption, aristocrat Blanche de la Force joins a convent to escape a certain death during the French Revolution. She instead finds her faith. Given the opportunity to escape the guillotine, she returns to join her Carmelite sisters in martyrdom.

Inspired by the true Carmelite nuns executed during the Reign of Terror Dialogues of the Carmelites was first performed in 1957. The opera is a prime example of Poulenc's passionate vocal compositions featuring lush harmonies and lofty melodies that evoke extreme emotion.

The Herberger College School of Music production of this three-act opera is directed by Graham Whitehead. LOT director and music professor William Reber is the music conductor.

Tickets for Dialogues of the Carmelites are $5-$20 and available online athttp://herbergercollege.asu.edu/mainstage/ or through the Herberger College Box Office, 480-965-6447.   Show times are 7:30 p.m., Feb. 24 and 25, and March 3 and 4 in the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., ASU Tempe Campus.

The ASU Herberger Mainstage Lyric Opera Theatre season is sponsored by The Harris, leaders in wealth management since 1882.   For a complete Mainstage schedule of theatre, dance and music performances, go tohttp://herbergercollege.asu.edu/mainstage/ 

Media Contact:
Denise Tanguay 
480.965.7144
denise.tanguay@asu.edu