BBC SO 2013-14 Season Fauré Requiem, Fauré Requiem and Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias
- BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Ludovic Morlot conductor
- Kenneth Richardson director
- Hélène Guilmette Thérèse
- Jean-François Lapointe Husband
- Vitali Rozynko Policeman/Theatre Director
- Thomas Morris Journalist from Paris
- Ivan Ludlow Presto
- Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Lacouf
- Pierrick Boisseau The Son
- Rebecca Lodge Newspaper-Seller
- BBC Singers
- The BBC Symphony Chorus
An evening of Gallic delights featuring Poulenc's most light-hearted and rarely-performed opera and Fauré's intimate, celestial Requiem. Les mamelles de Tirésias* is a setting of Apollinaire's surreal burlesque, in which ardent feminist Thérèse decides to become a man, Tirésias, and fight wars, leaving her husband to repopulate the country by giving birth to 40,049 children in a single day! Poulenc conjures up all the undercurrents in the poet's fierce, absurd and often hilarious lines. Canadian soprano Hélène Guilmette takes on the role of the truculent and unpredictable heroine. In complete contrast, the BBC Symphony Chorus joins the soloists for Fauré's much-loved Requiem, a tender work of consolation, played at his own funeral.
*Concert staging. Sung in French with English surtitles.
Please note Vitali Rozynko replaces David Wilson-Johnson as Policeman/Theatre Director.