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Dialogues des Carmélites is fascinatingly staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov in Munich (2010). It’s a surprisingly secular interpretation, the nuns in modern clothes, their home a shed-like structure on an otherwise empty stage. This means that the view is often obscured by beams and scrims: I felt it gave a sense of eavesdropping on the community, others might not like it. The interrelationships are beautifully delineated and the tension really builds. Unfortunately, Tcherniakov has a fresh take on the opera’s end which is theatrically exciting but argues against the music: no spoiler, but be warned. Kent Nagano’s conducting is deliciously textural and well- paced. The cast is wonderful, featuring singers such as Soile Isokoski, Sylvie Brunet, Susanne Resmark and Hélène Guilmette on top form. Best of all is Susan Gritton, luminous of tone and expressing every aspect of Blanche’s neuroses and moral developments – a stunning performance.

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