The true price of faith

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(Ken Howard, Met Opera)
Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force and Karita Mattila as Mme. de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), in partnership with The MET: Live in HD, is proud to present Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

The tragedy will stream live May 11 at 12 noon. The simulcast will run approximately three hours and nine minutes with one intermission. Dr. James Caplinger, from the University of Charleston, will give a complimentary lecture beginning at 11:15 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general adult admission, $14 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children/students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

This devastating story of the price of faith stars Isabel Leonard as the new sister Blanche de la Force and Karita Mattila as Prioress de Croissy. David Portillo co-stars as Blanche’s brother, the Chevalier de la Force and this stunning tale will be conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

“A glowing, grippingly volatile performance” —New York Times

A tale based on true events, this shocking story first premiered at the Teatro alla Scala, in Milan, in 1957. Poulenc, a French composer, was known for an expertise in many different genres, including chamber music, ballet and piano. His epic opera, Dialogues des Carmélites, was an instant favorite with audiences and experts. The opera premiered at the Met in 1977, starring Maria Ewing and Régine Crespin and was the debut production for conductor Michel Plasson.

The program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.