Opera & Musical Theater

EaDo Lyric Theatre Presents Poulenc’s Dialogues Of The Carmelites

Houston’s newest opera company debuts with the powerful story of nuns caught in the French Revolution.


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Production still from EaDo Lyric Theatre's production of Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites
Production still from EaDo Lyric Theatre’s production of Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites

Houston has a new opera and musical theatre company! Founded by artistic director W. Ryan Frenk, EaDo Lyric Theatre takes its name from the location of its performing space, Frenetic Theater in the East Downtown (EaDo) area.

The company's inaugural production, Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites (to be sung in English), opens this weekend (March 4-6) and, in keeping with the organization's mission, features a cast of local singers and musicians.

Based on a 1947 Georges Bernanos play, Dialogues of the Carmelites tells the true story of a convent of nuns in Compiègne, northern France, in 1794 during the final days of the French Revolutions's Reign of Terror, who were guillotined in Paris for refusing to renounce their vocations.

Members of the opera's cast joined artistic director Ryan Frenk, music director Gregory McDaniel and pianist Lucy Cairn Hargis in the Geary Studio to perform excerpts from Dialogues of the Carmelites and talk with Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn about the new company and its first production.