A Telling Moment
des Carmélites' -
'... finely expressed ...'
It was on Mount Carmel that Elijah worsted the priests of Baal. I suspect they were a far more decent lot
than the Parisian mob that loaded the tumbrils on their way to 'La veuve', that tireless guillotine so
omnivorous in its tastes that it demanded heads attached to any political persuasion, those of any religious
devotee, and ultimately a spinkling of mobsters for good value. So Carmelite nuns had to go the way of much
French flesh at the merciless end of the Eighteenth Century. It is a telling moment at the start of this
joint Amsterdam-Milan production that Parisians mass on stage during the prelude, symbolically baying
already for blood.
The first moments of 'Dialogues des Carmélites'. Screenshot © 2004 RAI Trade
Copyright © 2 January 2008
Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt