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enoa production - Les Mamelles de Tirésias (F.Poulenc) in Aldeburgh

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Published on Dec 20, 2012

Britten, Poulenc and Apollinaire together in a surrealistic opera..

In 1958, Benjamin Britten programmed an opera by his friend Francis Poulenc for that year's Aldeburgh Festival. His festival had a tradition of performing new opera -- not just by Britten -- and over twenty years, an established team of singers, directors and designers had produced many works for the first time in the atmospheric little Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. Due to the space limitations Britten decided to arrang the orchestral score of Les Mamelles de Tiresias into a version for 2 pianos which he and Poulenc would play. Peter Pears took the role of the husband (transposed up for tenor) and there was also a new translation of the libretto made by himself, Britten and the singer/designer Colin Graham.

Britten version for 2 pianos
Libretto of Guillaume Apol­linaire
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