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The Met broadcast on May 11 will make you burst with Canadian pride

Don't miss Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites on CBC Music's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Don't miss Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites on CBC Music's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera

Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka sings the role of Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Tune in to CBC Music's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on May 11 at 1 p.m. to hear some of Canada's leading operatic talent on display in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites. It's the final broadcast in the Metropolitan Opera's 2018-19 season.

Wrapping up his first season as music director of the Met, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the performance. In his review, the New York Times' Anthony Tommasini described Nézet-Séguin's "glowing, grippingly volatile" interpretation of the work, "consistently attentive to refinements of the music and the careful way Poulenc sets words so that vocal lines seem almost conversational."

Singing the role of Madame Lidoine is Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. Baritone Jean-François Lapointe, a native of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., is making his Met debut as the Marquis de la Force.

The rest of the cast comprises Isabel Leonard (Blanche de la Force), Erin Morley (Constance), Karen Cargill (Mère Marie), Karita Mattila (Madame de Croissy) and David Portillo (Chevalier de la Force).

Poulenc's opera is set in a convent during the French Revolution. Its famous closing scene depicts the martyrdom of 16 Carmelite nuns who, one by one, are executed by beheading during a sung "Salve Regina." Watch this excerpt from the dress rehearsal. The production is a revival of John Dexter's 1977 design.