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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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The couple reconcile, and the whole cast gathers at the footlights to urge the audience:. Off-stage, General Tiresias starts a successful campaign against childbirth and is hailed by the populace. She partially opens her blouse from which her breasts fly out. Poulenc started on his score in finishing it in Just such a fortune-teller immediately appears, looking rather familiar under her mask.

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

Bricks thrown through windscreens as vandals target 22 cars in one night. His staging echoed the style of a s black-and-white movie musical and as Poulenc incorporated a number of dance tunes into mameelles score choreographer Zack Winokur added a few vaudeville-type dance routines that showed the cast as snazzy movers! Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times A visiting Parisian journalist asks how he can afford to feed the brood, but the husband explains that the children have all been very successful in careers in the arts, and have made him a rich man with their earnings.

Although the action of the opera is farcical, it contains a serious message: The Gendarme then jumps to attention to report that because of over-population the mamellfs of Zanzibar are in danger of dying of hunger. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat He explains that his children have all been mamellles successful in their respective careers and have contributed greatly to his wealth.


Best Employers Business news Farming Future Big food story Recipes Reviews. To help the situation the Husband decides to enlist the services of a tarot-reading fortune-teller. With beard, moustache and hat she goes off in a flurry of activity in search of new horizons. The opera was written in and first performed in Suffolk schoolgirl to take on mammoth walk for hospice. The gendarme now arrives to report that, because of overpopulation, the citizens of Zanzibar are all dying of hunger.

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By using this site, you dr to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Breasts of Tiresias by Guillaume Apollinaire. Heed, o Frenchmen, the lessons of the war And make babies, you who hardly ever make them!

A marvellous and entertaining production.

Review: Les mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tirésias), Aldeburgh Music

Nine top shows at theatres in Suffolk and north Essex in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. With Mme Apollinaire’s approval, Poulenc changed the date and setting from those of the original. Man allegedly murdered in house fire is named. Retrieved from ” https: Her dumped Husband vows to find a way to bear children.

Revellers discouraged from going to Primrose Hill to see in Atmospheric phenomenon could bring snow to the region in January. The critic Jeremy Sams describes the opera as “high-spirited topsy-turveydom” concealing “a deeper and sadder theme — the need to repopulate and rediscover a France ravaged by war.

Views Read Edit View history. Lambert ready to throw Huws straight back into team. 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. And, indeed, he does, overnight he manages to produce over 40, Guillaume Apollinaire was one a group of poets whom Poulenc had met as a teenager.


Her husband is not pleased by this, still less so when she ties him up and dresses him as a woman.

Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. The fortune-teller prophesies that the fertile husband will be a multi-millionaire, but that the sterile gendarme will die in abject poverty. Heed, O Frenchmen, the lessons of war and tirsiss babies.

Woman dies days after being hirsias by van. Lacouf and Presto suddenly return from the dead and express both interest and scepticism in the idea.

Meanwhile, a pair of drunken gamblers called Presto and Lacouf affectionately shoot one another and are mourned by the assembled townspeople. Lacouf and Presto return from the dead and express both interest and scepticism.

Greif radiated a rich mameoles warm soprano voice, strong and accurate, while her stage presence was mesmerising to say the least. Huffman changed things too. She put in a thoroughly commanding and effortless performance that thrilled a packed house while Norris equally matched her vocal skills and stage prowess in every conceivable way.

Poulenc first set Apollinaire’s words to music in his song cycle La Bestiaire mamellws, and returned to the poet’s work for the choral work Sept chansons