Running time One interval, 189 minutes
Composer: Francis Poulenc
About this event
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Poulenc’s masterpiece. This devastating portrayal of faith and martyrdom is live in HD for the first time.
As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, becomes a novice nun under an elderly prioress — Met legend Karita Mattila. Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent. When the nuns are expelled from the convent and threatened with death, Blanche must make an agonising decision.
In the shattering final scene, the nuns walk towards the guillotine singing Salve Regina: Their voices are cut off, one by one, with each stroke of the blade, until all are silenced.
Sung In French with Met Titles In English
Saturday 11th May 2019
Open daily 12.30 – 7pm
Phone: 01803 847070
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