The Dialogues of the Carmelites in Stockolm

logooperanThe Dialogues of the Carmelites

Monday, December 15 19:00

Freedom, equality, sisterhood!


The opera is based on actual events during the French Revolution when the sixteen nuns in a convent was sentenced to death because they continued to practice their religion despite the current ban. Spirituality and materialism are here set against one another – and everyone must suddenly choose a side. Director Johanna Garpe takes on Francis Poulenc’s opera from 1957 and challenges the watchwords of liberty, equality head on. How is our standing in Europe today in relation to these words? Where do we stand in relation to the words in Europe today? Am I prepared to defend everyone’s right to freedom if I do not actually support those in question? Or even think about them?


Music Francis Poulenc
Text Georges Bernanos / Emmet Lavery
Conductor Thomas Søndergård
Director Johanna Garpe
Set Design Per A Jonsson
costumes and masks Nina Sandström
Lighting Thorsten Dahn
Dramaturg Katarina Aronsson
Choreographer Hakan MayerKarmelitsystrarna_fst3

Marquis de la Force Fredrik Zetterström

Blanche de la Force Elin Rombo

Chevalier de la Force Jonas Degerfeldt

Mme de Crossy, old prioress Marianne Eklöf

Mme Lidoine, new prioress Lena Nordin

Mother Marie Susann Végh

Sister Constance Marianne Hellgren Staykov

Susanna SternMother Jeanne Agneta Lundgren


Confessor Klas Hedlund

The jailer John Erik Eleby

The officer Kristian FlorFirst

Commissioner Magnus Kyhle Andre

Commissioner Lennart Forsé Thierry

butler Jan Sörberg Javelinot

doctors Mikael Magnell Johan Lilja

A servant Madeleine Barringer

Conductor Thomas Søndergård

The Royal Opera Chorus
Royal Opera OrchestraKarmelitsystrarna_fst4

Press Quotes

“Made with great feeling in every moment and get the music to shimmer” DN

“Brilliant vocal efforts” SvD

“Garpes personal trainer is phenomenal” SR Kulturnytt


Royal Opera
PO Box 160 94


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