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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 3, No. 1 September 1997

Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra and Soloists

by Philip Anson


On July 19, in the drafty Tanglewood Theatre Seiji Ozawa conducted a memorable staged performance of Poulenc's hilarious Surrealist farce Les Mamelles de Tirésias. The student orchestra and singers were all top-notch with a remarkable mastery of the French idiom. Canadian soprano Karen Wierzba played Thérèse, the woman who undergoes a spontaneous sex-change. Raymond Granlund as the Policeman and David Ossenfort as The Husband were both outstanding. The opera was preceded by Milhaud's bizarre L'Homme et Son Désire, a musical joke without a punchline, consisting of choral vocalise and repetitive percussion.

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