16 to 19.01.2014 @La Monnaie/De Munt

Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Francis Poulenc’s first opera, was composed during the Second World War and was based on a surrealist play of the same name by Guillaume Apollinaire. The musical world of this opera is irresistible, referencing as it does not only music hall but also the composers of the time such as Chabrier and Satie. Right from the start of the opera the Theatre Director sets the tone: ‘Audience, wait patiently, I am bringing you a play whose goal is to reform your morals’. Thérèse/Tirésias changes sex in order to acquire power in a world of men and to make a stand against society. The musical arrangement, by Emily Hindrichs, is based on an outline by Benjamin Britten to adapt the orchestral score for two pianos, mooted in 1958. By mixing dance and singing, the director Ted Huffman, together with some very promising young singers, reveals the poetic madness of this work.

Direction musicale ¦ Roger Vignoles
Mise en scène ¦ Ted Huffman
Collaboration à la mise en scène & chorégraphie ¦ Zack Winokur
Décors & costumes ¦ Samal Blak
Éclairages ¦ Marcus Doshi
Thérèse ¦ Julie Mossay (17 & 18 janvier)
Aoife Miskelly (16, 18 & 19 janvier)
Le mari ¦ Jean-Jacques L’Anthoën (17 & 18 janvier)
Timothy McDevitt (16, 18 & 19 janvier)
La marchande de journaux ¦ Sarah Laulan
La grosse dame ¦ Marie Cubaynes
Lacouf ¦ Romain Pascal
Presto ¦ Ronan Debois
La dame élégante ¦ Aoife Miskelly (17 & 18 janvier)
Julie Mossay (16, 18 & 19 janvier)
Le gendarme ¦ Guillaume Paire
Le fils ¦ Benjamin Alunni
Le journaliste ¦ Samy Camps
Soprano du choeur ¦ Caroline Jestaedt
Le directeur du théâtre ¦ Mathieu Gardon
Piano ¦ Roger Vignoles
Philippe Riga