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© Vincent Beaume
18 October 2012
Britten version for 2 pianos.
Libretto of Guillaume Apollinaire.
Score arrangements Emily Hindrichs
Pianists Malcolm Martineau & Roger Vignoles (Aldeburgh), Roger Vignoles & David Smith & Edwige Herchenroder (Aix-en-Provence), Roger Vignoles & Philippe Riga (Brussels)
Stage director Ted Huffman
Choreographer Zack Winokur
Set & Costumes designer Samal Blak
Light designer Marcus Doshi
Thérèse / the Fortune teller
Ariadne Greif (Adleburgh) / Julie Mossay - Aoife Miskelly (Aix & Brussels) / Hrafnhildur Arnadóttir (Amsterdam)
The Theatre Director
Anthony Birnie (Aldeburgh) / Mathieu Gardon (Aix & Brussels) / Clément Dionet (Amsterdam)
Matthew Morris (Aldeburgh) / Jean-Jacques L'Anthoën - Timothy McDevitt (Aix & Brussels) / Drew Santini (Amsterdam)
Anthony Birnie (Aldeburgh) / Ronan Debois (Aix & Brussels) / Rubèn Plantinga (Amsterdam)
J. Andy McCullough (Aldeburgh) / Romain Pascal (Aix & Brussels) / Olivier Trommenschlager (Amsterdam)
Johnny Hereford (Aldeburgh) / Guillaume Paire (Aix & Brussels) / Jorne van Bergeijk (Amsterdam)
A newspaper vendor
Louise Fenbury (Aldeburgh) / Sarah Laulan (Aix & Brussels) / Marta Herman (Amsterdam)
A reporter from Paris
Steven van Gils (Aldeburgh) / Samy Camps (Aix & Brussels) / Pierre Derhet (Amsterdam)
Tristan Stocks (Aldeburgh) / Benjamin Alunni (Aix & Brussels) / Mitch Raemaerkers (Amsterdam)
An elegant lady
Belinda Evans (Aldeburgh) / Aoife Miskelly - Julie Mossay (Aix & Brussels) / Zinzi Frohwein (Amsterdam)
Clare Presland (Aldeburgh) / Eva Ganizate (Aix) / Marie Cubaynes (Brussels)
Nathalie Morazin (Aix) / Caroline Jestaedt (Brussels) / Garce Carter (Amsterdam)
In 1958, Benjamin Britten programmed an opera by his friend Francis Poulenc for that year’s Aldeburgh Festival. His festival had a tradition of performing new opera – not just by Britten – and over twenty years, an established team of singers, directors and designers had produced many works for the first time in the atmospheric little Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. Due to the space limitations Britten decided to arrange the orchestral score of Les Mamelles de Tirésias into a version for 2 pianos which he and Poulenc would play. Peter Pears took the role of the husband (transposed up for tenor) and there was also a new translation of the libretto made by himself, Britten and the singer/designer Colin Graham.
A co-production of Snape Maltings, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with the support of enoa and the Cuture Programme of the European Union.