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    Opera Workshop Honors Poulenc with ‘Dialogues of the Carmelites’

    The Duquesne University Opera Workshop will commemorate the 50th anniversary of French composer Francis Poulenc's death with Dialogues of the Carmelites at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.

    Under the direction of Guenko Guechev, chair of voice in the Mary Pappert School of Music, the fully staged production of this tragic opera will feature the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra with Associate Conductor H. Carl Hess, Jr.

    "Dialogues of the Carmelites tells the heartbreaking and unforgettable true story of an order of Carmelite nuns who surrendered to the guillotine during the French Revolution," explained Guechev. "At a Catholic institution such as Duquesne, this tale has particular impact and meaning-it is a testament to faith, hope and love."

    The production, which will be performed in French with English subtitles, will be held at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall, located at 300 Beechwood Ave., in Carnegie, Pa.

    "The Opera Workshop students have worked diligently not only to perform this work in a professional manner, but also to truly understand the text, characters and historical significance of this work," said Guechev. "One of the great insights that the students bring to this project is their youth-their innate innocence and pure hopefulness is such like that of the Carmelites which they embody as well as a tribute to the spirit of Poulenc."

    A donation of $10 is suggested. Call the Mary Pappert School of Music at 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/music.

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