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Dialogues des Carmélites broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 7 June 2014

Simon Rattle conducts a cast including Sally Matthews, Emma Bell and Sophie Koch.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

4 June 2014 at 12.30pm | Comment on this article

Robert Carsen’s Royal Opera production of Dialogues des Carmélites, Poulenc’s only full-length opera, will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 7 June at 6.45pm.

The production, described by one critic as 'a radiant account' of the opera, and receiving strong reviews elsewhere, opened on 29 May. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

The opera, set during the turmoil of the French Revolution, was inspired by the brutal execution of the nuns of Compiègne in the 18th century. The final act, which depicts the execution of the nuns, makes for a devastatingly powerful finale. Find out more in our Opera Essentials.

The opera assembles one of the largest casts ever seen at Covent Garden, with 167 people taking to the stage, including 67 actors from a community ensembleSimon Rattle conducts a cast that includes Sally Matthews, Emma Bell, Sophie Koch, Alan Oke and Thomas Allen. Watch an interview with Simon Rattle about the appeal of Poulenc’s masterpiece.

Other upcoming Radio 3 broadcasts from Covent Garden include Manon Lescaut, Ariadne auf Naxos and Maria Stuarda. Find out more about summer broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

Dialogues des Carmélites runs until 11 June 2014. Tickets are still available

The production, originally from De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, is given with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, The Taylor Family Foundation and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

4 June 2014 at 12.30pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BBC Radio 3, broadcast, by Robert Carsen, Dialogues des Carmelites, live relay, Poulenc, Production, radio, Radio 3, relay, The Royal Opera

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