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It can be listened to, next Saturday, 7 June 2014, 1845 hrs,
on BBC Radio 3, live from The Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden, London.
[Editor: Covent Garden is so called because it was originally the "Convent Garden" of nearby Westminster Abbey. Therefore, this location is most apt for Poulenc's "Dialogues Des Carmelites".]
Royal Opera House,
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In 1952, Poulenc started working on what was to become the opera Dialogues of the Carmelites, based on a story by Georges Bernanos. Poulenc soon became obsessed with this work. Poulenc adapted Bernanos' text for the libretto.
The opera was first performed at La Scala, in Italian, in January 1957, with Virginia Zeani singing the principal soprano role of Blanche. In June 1957, it was produced at the Paris Opera, with Denise Duval as Blanche and Régine Crespin as Madame Lidoine. In September of that year, it was produced in the USA, with Leontyne Price as Mme Lidoine; this was her first stage opera.
Poulenc died of heart failure in Paris on 30 January 1963 and is buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.