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Poulenc and Chabrier Double Bill
7:00pm | 28 June 2017 | Britten Theatre
Michael Rosewell conductor
Stephen Unwin director
Neil Warmington designer
Ben Ormerod lighting designer
Chabrier Une éducation manquée
Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias
Acclaimed theatre director Stephen Unwin joins forces with Michael Rosewell for the Royal College of Music International Opera School’s production of two French comic operas.
In Poulenc’s farcical little opera bouffe, enter the topsy-turvy world of Tiresias who turns herself into a man, dresses her husband as a woman and heads off to conquer the world. While she is away, her husband discovers a way to bear children himself. Premiered just after the Second World War, the opera also contains a deeper message: the need to repopulate a France ravaged by war.
Meanwhile, set in 18th-century France, Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée finds Count Gontran and his new wife Helene unprepared for the particulars of their wedding night. Seeking advice from close relations, will they find the answers to their questions?
This production is made possible with the assistance of the Basil Coleman Bequest.
Tickets: £10, £20, £30, £40, £50