6 – 28 August 2022

Poulenc Double Bill

From intimate tragedy to giddy, surreal comedy: this double-bill of La voix humaine and Les mamelles de Tirésias has it all

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Public booking opens on Sunday 6 March 2022

About the opera

‘No sir, you will command me no more…’

A woman on the brink of ending it all; another just beginning

Director Laurent Pelly joins conductor Robin Ticciati for a French double-bill that opens with tragic heartbreak and ends with a riotous, surreal comedy.

Alone in her apartment, a woman talks to her former lover on the telephone. She teases, flirts, promises, lies and pleads. Finally, telling him again and again that she loves him, she drops the receiver…

Poulenc’s La voix humaine is opera distilled down to its essence: a musical monologue of searing intensity.

Frustrated with her life as a housewife, Thérèse transforms herself into a man and heads out into the world, leaving her husband at home to take care of the baby-making. Exploding with musical invention, combining everything from patter songs to Broadway numbers, chorales and lyrical arias, Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias is a giddy romp of an opera that throws questions of politics, gender and society up into the air and watches them shatter into hundreds of glittering pieces.

A new production for Festival 2022. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Creative team

Robin Ticciati

Laurent Pelly

Set Designer
Caroline Ginet

Costume Designer
Laurent Pelly in collaboration with Jean Jacques Delmotte

Lighting Designer
Urs Schönebaum

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Cast includes

La voix humaine

Stéphanie d’Oustrac

Les mamelles de Tirésias

Thérèse / Fortune Teller
Elsa Benoit

The Husband
Régis Mengus

Monsieur Lacouf
François Piolino

Monsieur Presto
Christophe Gay

The Parisian Journalist
Loïc Félix

The Newspaper Woman
Julie Pasturaud

Musical editions: La voix humaine – Ricordi Paris | Les mamelles de Tirésias – Édition Heugel Wise Music Group

Supported by Hamish and Sophie Forsyth

Illustration © Katie Ponder

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