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We have also issued a press release with more information regarding our upcoming production of Les Mamelles de Tiresias.
Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 11th!
Vespertine Opera Theater presents
Francis Poulenc’s Surrealist comedy,
Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias)
The U.S. Premiere of an English, Two-Piano adaptation
by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
Who: Vespertine Opera Theater with notable people
Where: Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118
When: April 2 and April 4, at 8:00pm
SEATTLE – Vespertine Opera Theater is excited to announce THE U.S. PREMIERE of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’s English language, two-piano adaptation of Francis Poulenc’s first operatic masterpiece, Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias). This outrageous and uproarious comedy, based on a play of the same name by French poet and author Guillaume Apollinaire, literally defined the term surrealist, which the author coined in the play's preface. Performed at Columbia City Theater—Seattle’s oldest Vaudeville theater—Les Mamelles de Tirésias promises to be a joyful celebration of Surrealism with cabaret-style seating and drink service.
This tale of love, struggle, and the battle of the sexes centers on Therese who has grown tired of being a housewife and expectant mother. In a fit of frustration, her breasts turn into balloons and float away. She then grows a beard and becomes the famous male general Tiresias, who wages a militant campaign against childbirth and the status of women. This is much to the consternation of The Husband who, upon realizing his wife is no longer a woman, must find a way to bear the burden of childbirth himself. He does, and has 1,041 children in one afternoon. Meanwhile, he is plagued by the affection of The Gendarme who staunchly believes The Husband to be a woman.
With only two performances, Tuesday, April 2nd and Thursday, April 4th at 8:00pm, Les Mamelles de Tirésias is a night of theater not to be missed! Come experience opera like you never have before. The doors will open at 7:00pm, and all are invited to come early and enjoy a drink or two. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets, $25 General Admission, $20 Students and Seniors. For more information and links to purchase tickets, please visit www.vespertineopera.com.
Therese/Tiresias - Tess Altiveros was last seen at Vespertine Opera Theater as Elle in La Voix Humaine and Mimi in La Bohème. Melinda Bargreen, formerly of The Seattle Times, describes Altiveros as “…just a star!”
The Husband - Jose Rubio was last seen at Vespertine Opera Theater as Marcello in La Bohème. Opera News heralds Rubio as “commanding in voice and presence… a major operatic find.” He has been heard most recently at Portland Opera and Cincinnati Opera.
The Gendarme - Daniel Oakden
The Newspaper Woman - Annalisee Brasil
Presto - Jeremy Irland
Lacouf - Matthew Richardson
The Son - Wesley Morgan
Director - Dan Wallace Miller is Vespertine Opera Theater’s founder and Artistic Director. Peter Kazaras, stage director and Artistic Director of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, has said Miller is “blessed with an indefatigable imagination and the technical mastery to make his vision manifest… [an] exciting new directorial voice!”. This will be his and Vespertine Opera Theater’s fourth production.
Set and Lighting Designer - Marnie Cumings is marking her third production with Vespertine Opera Theater after Savitri and La Voix Humaine. She has designed lights most recently for organization such as Washington Ensemble Theater, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Bindlestiff Theatre in San Francisco.
Costume Designer - Savannah Baltazar makes her debut at Vespertine Opera Theater with this production. She is the Resident Costume Designer at Stone Soup Theater, and has worked at several local companies, including Sound Theater Company and Burien Little Theater.
Vespertine Opera Theater
Vespertine Opera Theater, founded in 2011, is a Seattle-based company that specializes in producing rarely performed operas in unique settings along with familiar classics in ways that open them up to new perspectives. We employ talented and eager young singers and designers who collaborate to provide an operatic experience unlike any other. Our goal is to continue producing works that challenge the perception of how opera can be performed, understood, and enjoyed.
Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias)
Music by Francis Poulenc
Libretto based on Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Guillaume Apollinaire
English Translation by Peter Pears, John Cranko, and Colin Graham
Arrangement for voice and two pianos by Benjamin Britten and Viola Tunnard
Premiere in its reconstructed form: Aldeburgh Music Festival, October 1st, 2012
Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
2 Performances, April 2 and April 4, at 8:00pm.
Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes with one intermission
General Admission: $25
Students and Seniors: $20
Tickets can be purchased through www.vespertineopera.com.
Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the show!