Tonight's Live from the Met is Poulenc's tragic opera in which the hopes and fears of a group of nuns is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. In one of the most haunting of opera endings, the nuns sing the Salve Regina as they're led to the guillotine, each voice cutting out in turn as the blade falls. A stellar cast includes Patricia Racette as Madame Lidoine and Felicity Palmer as Madame de Croissy.
Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.
Marquis de la Force ..... David Pittsinger (baritone),
Chevalier de la Force .... .Paul Appleby (tenor),
Blanche de la Force ..... Isabel Leonard (soprano),
Thierry ..... Keith Jameson (baritone),
Madame de Croissy ..... Felicity Palmer (contralto),
Sister Constance of St Denis ..... Erin Morley (soprano),
Mother Marie of the Incarnation ..... Elizabeth Bishop (mezzo-soprano),
M. Javelinot ..... Paul Corona (baritone),
Madame Lidoine ..... Patricia Racette (soprano),
Mother Jeanne of the Holy Child Jesus ..... Jane Shaulis (contralto),
Sister Mathilde ..... MaryAnn McCormick (mezzo-soprano),
Chaplain of the monastery ..... Mark Schowalter (tenor),
First Commissioner ..... Scott Scully (tenor),
Second Commissioner ..... Richard Bernstein (baritone),
Jailer ..... Patrick Carfizzi (baritone),
Chorus and Orchestra of The Metroplitan Opera, New York
Louis Langree, conductor
Producer Ellie Mant.