Richard L. Sprecker
Dialogues des Carmelites
by Francis Poulenc
During the time of the French Revolution, a religious order is determined to maintain their principles. A lonely, broken woman joins them, and finds her faith amidst the turmoil. This opera by Poulenc was my first operatic design, and a true joy. In addition to lighting this production, I also implemented projected imagery designed by scenic designer Evan Hill.
UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance - White Recital Hall
Directed by Marciem Bazell
Scenic Design by Evan Hill
Lighting Design by Richard L. Sprecker
Photography by Jordan Jenota and Evan Hill
Father and Brother lament Blanche.
Blanche tells her decision to her family.
Spirited and happy, the sisters gather to work.
Despite pleadings, Blanche chooses to remain as she is.
As the Reverend Mother lays dying, she imparts last blessings upon Blanche.
The order prays for the Reverend Mother.
Keeping watch over the departed Reverend Mother.
Blanche is confronted about her duties.
The sisters kneel and pray.
The Father dutifully leads the sisters in an invocation.
Preparations are made to take the oath of the Martyr.
Having run away from the order, Blanche laments her decision in the ruins of her family's home.
Contained in a prison and sentenced to death, the Order of the Carmelites prays.
The citizens of the city under revolution gathers in the square to witness the execution of the order.
The sisters of the Order are led in to their final moments.
Singing and praying, the sisters step out into the city square to be executed.