Poulenc - Dialogues des Carmelites - Schellenberger, Silja, Aikin - Muti - Scala (2004)
DVD 9 Untouched | NTSC 16:9 | PCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 | 149 mins | Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish | No scans | 7.66 GB
Studio: TDK | Genre: Opera
This production of Dialogues originated at the Netherlands Opera, staged by the brilliant minimalist director Robert Carsen. Onstage action is often hieratic, quite appropriately so, and is particularly effective in the final scene – where the nuns go one after the other to their death by guillotine – which is staged differently than I've ever seen it. I won't ruin it by saying more than that; you must see it for yourself. Stage design is minimalist, with only monochromatic backdrops, spare furniture and props downstage, and Wieland Wagner-like lighting, stunningly effective. Costumes by Falk Bauer are primarily in black and white except for the splashes of color in the clothes of the Marquis and the Chevalier. The mob is entirely in black, the nuns in typical black-and-white until the very end.