Latchis to showcase Met Live performance

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BRATTLEBORO — This Saturday, opera fans will have an opportunity to experience a Met: Live in HD performance of Francis Poulenc's "The Dialogues of the Carmelites," at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., at noon.

Created in 1955 and based on historical fact, some background may be helpful: In 1792-93, the monarchy was toppled and the ensuing National Assembly responded by adopting a policy of terror. The Carmelites of Compiegne were convicted of counter-revolutionary offenses, and, after a perfunctory trial, sentenced to death. The sisters went sequentially to their deaths singing the "Laudate Dominum." When only a single voice was heard after 15 beheadings, silence fell.

Music Director Yannick Nezet-Segiun concludes his first season at the helm. Isabel Leonard and Adrienne Pieczonka sing the leading roles of Blanche de la Force and the new Prioress,

Madame Liodine. Karita Mattila portrays the ailing first prioress Madame de Criossy.

The cast also includes Karen Cargill as Mother Marie, Erin Morley in the role of Sister Constance, David Portillo as Blanche's brother, the Chevalier de la Force, and Jean-Francois Lapointe in his Met debut as the Marquis de la Force. Renee Fleming is the Live in HD host.

Running time is 3 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission. Tickets are $22 general, $20 for Met Club Forever members and $10 for students. For more information or advanced ticket purchase, contact Jon

Potter at 802-254-1109, ext. 3, or jon@latchisarts.org.

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