BBC SO, Chorus and Singers - Faure, Poulenc
Faure's Requiem and Poulenc's opera Les Mamelles de Tiresias performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Singers and soloists under Ludovic Morlot. With Petroc Trelawny.
Fauré's glorious Requiem and Poulenc's opera Les Mamelles de Tirésias - two French masterpieces. The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, BBC Singers and a great cast of soloists are conducted by Ludovic Morlot.
Live from the Barbican Centre, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
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 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 - sung by a superb cast with the BBC Singers. Canadian soprano Hélène Guilmette takes on the truculent and unpredictable heroine. In complete contrast, the BBC Symphony Chorus join soloists Hélène Guilmette and Jean-François Lapointe (baritone) for Fauré's much-loved Requiem, a tender work of consolation, played at his own funeral.
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Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias
Hélène Guilmette (Thérèse)
Jean-François Lapointe (Husband)
Vitali Rozynko (Gendarme/Theatre Director)
Thomas Morris (Journalist from Paris)
Ivan Ludlow (Presto)
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Lacouf)
Pierrick Boisseau (Le Fils)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot conductor
Kenneth Richardson director.