Heidi Stober Leads San Francisco Opera’s ‘Dialogues des Carmélites’

By Francisco Salazar
(Photo : Vincent Pontet)

San Francisco Opera’s Centennial Season is set to continue with Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” at the War Memorial Opera House.

The production by Olivier Py, which is set to run between Oct. 15 and 30, will be conducted by Music Director Eun Sun Kim.

The Poulenc opera will star Heidi Stober in her role debut as Blanche de la Force and Michelle Bradley in her company debut and role debut as Madame Lidoine. In her house and role debuts, Michaela Schuster will sing the role of Mother Superior, Madame de Croissy and Melody Moore will take on Mother Marie.

Soprano Deanna Breiwick makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Sister Constance while Ben Bliss returns as the Chevalier de la Force. Bass-baritone Dale Travis is Blanche’s and the Chevalier’s father, the Marquis de la Force and mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook is Mother Jeanne.

The staging is a co-production between companies in Paris and Brussels and will be mounted for San Francisco Opera by stage director Daniel Izzo.

There will be a total of five performances with the Oct. 21 performance will live streamed (only available in the USA and Canada). The performance will be available to watch on-demand for 48 hours beginning on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 10 am PT.