On July 17, 1794, sixteen Carmelite nuns were guillotined--some of the last victims of Robespierre's Reign of Terror. Washington National Opera presents Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites inspired by the nuns' martyrdom. Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix speaks to Soprano Layla Claire who plays Blanche de la Force, a young nun who surmounts her fear of life by facing death with courage.
Antony Walker conducts a cast which also includes Leah Crocetto, Dolora Zajick, Elizabeth Bishop, Ashley Emerson, Alan Held, Shawn Mathey and Robert Baker. Francesca Zambello directs the production. February 21st to March 10th at the Kennedy Center Opera House. More information at www.Kennedy-Center.org.
Layla Claire also discusses her upcoming all-French recital, March 19th at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City and her appearance at the Met as Anne Truelove in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (which will be broadcast on Classical WETA May 9, 2015).