Les Mamelles de Tirésias (). Work Notes. Opera bouffe en deux actes et un prologue. Text Writer. Guillaume Apollinaire. Publisher. Heugel. Category. Presented as part of Con Opera, the series established by the Conservatorium in , Les Mamelles de Tirésias is a fully-staged production. Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias): a farce in the form of a comic opera that touches issues surrounding gender equality.

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Huffman changed things too. His staging echoed the style of a s black-and-white movie musical and as Poulenc incorporated a number of dance tunes into the score choreographer Zack Winokur added a few vaudeville-type dance routines that showed the cast as snazzy movers! And also to suit the limited space of the Jubilee, Britten suggested a two-piano arrangement which was to be played by the two composers.

Cosily tucked away in the pit on this occasion were Roger Vignoles and Philippe Riga with Janis Kelly acting as vocal coach.

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Poulenc started on his score in finishing it in They excelled and looked very comfortable in their respective roles. Greif radiated a rich and warm soprano voice, strong and accurate, while her stage presence was mesmerising to say the least.

She put in a thoroughly commanding and effortless performance that thrilled a packed house tirsia Norris equally matched her vocal skills and stage prowess in every conceivable way.


They made a good double act and so did American-born tenor J. She partially opens her blouse from which her breasts fly out. With beard, moustache and hat she goes off in a flurry of activity in search of new horizons. And, indeed, he does, overnight he manages to produce over 40, A memorable scene comes about when the Gendarme Johnny Herford arrives on the scene sniffing out a crime but mistakes the Husband for a member of the opposite sex.

Her dumped Husband vows to find a way to bear children.

Francis Poulenc – Les Mamelles de Tirésias () – Music Sales Classical

Lacouf and Presto suddenly return from the dead and express both interest and scepticism in the idea. He explains that his children have all been very successful in their respective careers and have contributed greatly to his wealth. The Husband decides to make a journalist son so that he can have more control over the media but that plan falls flat.

The Gendarme then jumps to attention to report that because of over-population the citizens of Zanzibar are in danger of dying of hunger. To help the situation the Husband decides to enlist the services of a tarot-reading fortune-teller.

One appears immediately and looks rather familiar under her mask. She claims that her fertile Husband will be a multimillionaire but the sterile Gendarme will die in abject poverty. As the opera closes, Husband and Wife reconcile with each other and the whole cast gathers at the footlights as a chorus line-up without high kicking! Heed, O Frenchmen, the lessons of war and make babies.


Les mamelles de Tirésias, FP 125 (Poulenc, Francis)

You who hardly ever make them! The opera was sung in English in a translation by John Cranko, Colin Graham and Peter Pears with a new performing edition prepared by the soprano Emily Hindrichs who also gave a song-cycle over the weekend in Aldeburgh Church.

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