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Subject: Dialogues des Carmélites : A Brief Observation
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Mon, 6 Nov 2017 15:30:33 -0500

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I was discussing Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites ” earlier today and remarking what a 
remarkable history it has had since its premiere.  Each of us were all hard pressed to think 
of any opera in the 2nd half of the 20th century which had as impressive casts in its first 
year as did Poulenc’s.  1957 saw the following baker’s dozen of singers . . . not to mention 
singing in three different languages (you know what I mean!): 

Virginia Zeani
Denise Duval
Rita Gorr
Leontyne Price
Regine Crespin
Leyla Gencer
Patricia Neway
Fiorenza Cossotto
Dorothy Kirsten
Claramae Turner
Blanche Thebom
Rosemary Kuhlmann
Judith Raskin

Like the very best works of any era, the power of Poulenc’s opus carries as much dramatic, 
musical and theatrical weight now as it did when new.


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