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HGO Premiere

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Jan. 14 - Jan. 22

The Convent Is No Refuge From Fear

Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc’s tragedy in two parts, takes place during the French Revolution and asks the question: who gets to be a martyr? Seeking to protect herself from the guillotine, young aristocrat Blanche leaves her family and trembles her way to the Carmelite convent. But as the bedridden prioress admonishes the fearful Blanche, it is nuns who protect the convent, not the other way around. Promising to embrace her new life, Blanche befriends Constance, another young nun, who’s had a nightmare that they’ll soon die together. What began as a fresh start quickly turns to tragedy as Madame Croissy dies and the revolutionaries come for the nuns. Blanche is portrayed by incredible soprano and HGO Studio alumna Natalya Romaniw, and powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke returns to HGO as Madame Lidoine, in this lushly beautiful opera directed by the legendary Francesca Zambello.

Performance Dates: 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Sunday, January 16m, 2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Saturday, January 22, 2022

  • Price Range
    $20 - $210
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    2 hours, 50 minutes. One intermission.
  • Language
    Sung in French with projected English translation.

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Cast & Creative

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Natalya Romaniw


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Christine Goerke

Madame Lidoine - Lynn Wyatt Great Artist

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Anna Caterina Antonacci

Madame Croissy

Jennifer Johnson Cano Headshot

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Mother Marie


Lauren Snouffer

Sister Constance

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Rod Gilfry


Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor


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Anthony Dean Griffey


Emily Treigle
Emily Treigle

Mother Jeanne

Sun Ly Pierce
Sun-Ly Pierce

Sister Mathilde

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Blake Denson


Luke Sutliff
Luke Sutliff

M. Javelinot / Thierry

Ricardo Garcia
Ricardo Garcia

First Commissioner

Geoffrey Hahn

Second Commissioner

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William Guanbo Su

First Officer

Frankie Hickman

Mother Gerald

Kathleen Manley

Sister Claire

Abby Powell

Sister Antoine

Kaitlyn Stavinoha

Sister Catherine

Julie Hoetzel

Sister Felicity

Lauren Henderson-Turner

Sister Gertrude

Kendall Reimer

Sister Alice

Emily Louise Robinson

Sister Valentine

Gabrielle Reed

Sister Anne of the Cross

Hannah Roberts

Sister Martha

Sarah L. Lee

Sister S. Charles

Creative Team
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Patrick Summers


Francesca Zambello Portrait By Stephen Voss

Francesca Zambello


Bechtler Photo 2017

Hildegard Bechtler

Set Designer

Claudie Gastine

Costume Designer

Mark McCullough

Lighting Designer

Richard Bado
Richard Bado

Chorus Master

Patricia Kristof Moy

French Diction Coach

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus

What People Are Saying

Don’t let the austere title deter you — Poulenc’s mid-century Dialogues of the Carmelites is a perfect deep-winter tincture. As rich as a vintage port, the opera delivers a soft and melodic score that undulates with darker and complex themes. 


- Metro Weekly, 2015 


Director Francesca Zambello captures this in her sensitive pacing and the melancholy of the staging and tableaus, even if the periodically marching peasants add less. The mood is given depth and contemporary reference in Hildegard Bechtler’s sublime sets of enormous, curved and moving walls and Mark McCullough’s brilliant mix of stark, gloomy and piquantly iridescent light. 

- Metro Weekly, 2015 

Safety Remains Our Top Priority

The safety of our staff, cast, technicians, and audiences remains HGO’s first consideration as we plan our upcoming season. While there will be some changes, including the need for flexibility in seating options for the Fall Repertoire, we hope to return to normalcy—or close to it—by the holidays.   

We are grateful to have wonderful partners in Houston Methodist, who have graciously agreed to guide us as we establish safety protocols. In addition, we have consulted prominent physicians and are working in accordance with world health provider recommendations.

For more information on the measures HGO is implementing for live performances please review our safety page.

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  • Dian and Harlan Stai

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