Dutch National Opera presents

Les mamelles de Tirésias Francis Poulenc / Benjamin Britten

This show was to been seen in November 2015


Francis Poulnec
Arrangement for two pianos by Benjamin Britten
Opéra bouffe en deux actes et un prologue
Libretto by Francis Poulnec, after the play of the same name by Guillaume Apollinaire
World premiere 13 June 1958, Festival d'Aldeburgh


New production for De Nationale Opera talent
Premiere 25 November 2015, Grote Studio, Nationale Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
Previously a co-production by Aldeburgh Music, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and Muziekkapel Koningin Elisabeth.

In short

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 two 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.

At Dutch National Opera & Ballet is presenting in the season 2015 - 2016 as well Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites.

Co-production: Aldeburgh Music, UK, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Muziekkapel Koningin Elisabeth, Waterloo, with support from ENOA and the Cultural Programme of the European Union.

Flashmob Les Mamelles de Tirésisas
Les Mamelles de Tirésias wordt volledig gemaakt en opgevoerd door jonge talenten. Neem een kijkje achter de schermen bij Poulenc's surrealistische opera.

Ted Huffman


Director Ted Huffman was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and for an RPS Music Award in Opera for 4.48 Psychosis at the Royal Opera House.

Roger Vignoles

musical director/first pianist

Roger Vignoles studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, following which he was appointed rehearsal director at ROH Covent Garden.


Score Arrangements 
Emily Hindrichs
Stage Director 
Ted Huffman
Associate Director & Choreographer 
Zack Winokur
Set & Costume Designer 
Samal Blak
Lighting Designer 
Marcus Doshi
Roger Vignoles
Edwige Herchenroder
Thérèse / Tirésias 
Hrafnhildur Arnadóttir
Le directeur du théâtre 
Clément Dionet
Le mari 
Drew Santini
Monsieur Lacouf 
Olivier Trommenschlager
Monsieur Presto 
Rubèn Plantinga
Le gendarme 
Jorne van Bergeijk
La marchande de journaux 
Marta Herman
Le journaliste 
Pierre Derhet
Le fils 
Mitch Raemaekers
La dame élégante 
Zinzi Frohwein
La grosse dame 
Anna Harvey
Soprano de choeur 
Garce Carter