Afternoon at the Opera

Dialogues of the Carmelites

National Register of Historic Places in San Francisco, California. War Memorial Opera House

The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, California By Sanfranman59 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites) is a 1956 French-language opera in three acts, divided into twelve scenes with linking orchestral interludes, with music and libretto by Francis Poulenc.

The composer's second opera, Poulenc wrote the libretto after the work of the same name by novelist Georges Bernanos. The opera tells a fictionalized version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns who, in 1794 during the closing days of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocation.