NY Met: Dialogues des Carmélites
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The story is based on actual events that occurred during the French Revolution. An order of Carmelite sisters is expelled from their convent by Revolutionaries and elect to face beheading by guillotine than renounce their vows. The inner life of the order is revealed through Blanche de la Force, their youngest member. Searching for serenity, even sanity, Blanche joins the Carmelites to escape the revolution encroaching on her town and threatening her noble family. Blanche, who fears both life and death, then flees the convent to hide as a servant in her ruined family home after her father has been executed. After she learns the nuns have been sentenced to execution, she joins her sisters in the Place de la Révolution, following them all to a senseless death.