Here is our second press release for our upcoming production of Les Mamelles de Tiresias, announcing involvement of two exceptional Music Directors and giving a bit of information on this historic adaptation.

       Acclaimed Music Directors Dean Williamson and David McDade join Vespertine Opera Theater’s production of a New Edition of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias,

Adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Edited by Seattle Opera Young Artists Program alumna Emily Hindrichs

Who: Vespertine Opera Theater
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 pleased to announce the addition of two exemplary artists to its US premier of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ adaptation of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias (The Breasts of Tiresias). Dean Williamson and David McDade join the production as music directors and accompanists for this 2-piano edition.
Dean Williamson, the former Artistic Director of Opera Cleveland and one of the founders of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, is widely known throughout the United States as an ambitious conductor of great acclaim. Opera News says that his conducting in Seattle Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann “[was] both steady and impassioned, [and] was a major factor in the production’s success”. The Seattle PI says “his work is inevitably lucid and organic, even poetic, which cannot be said for many conductors.”
David McDade, the Head Coach and Accompanist at Seattle Opera, and most recently the Chorus Master of their production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, has served as the Assistant Conductor for all of Seattle Opera’s productions of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Both McDade and Williamson join this production to provide music direction and accompaniment on the two pianos in this unique dual piano English adaptation.
This new edition was painstakingly reconstructed and edited by Emily Hindrichs, a graduate of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program who made her Seattle Opera mainstage debut in 2011 singing Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. Inspired by a recording of Les Mamelles de TIresias, Poulenc’s friend, Benjamin Britten, collaborated with Peter Pears and Poulenc himself, to create an English language 2-piano adaptation for his own music festival in Aldeburgh, England. The fruit of this historic pairing would have been forever lost to history if not reassembled and edited by Emily Hindrichs from Britten’s own handwritten notes in his score. This edition premiered in its current form last October at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Vespertine Opera Theater stages this all-new production in the unique cabaret setting of the Columbia City Theater, Seattle's oldest vaudeville theater.
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