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Die Brüste des Tiresias
(Les mamelles de Tirésias)

Opera by Francis Poulenc

Arranged for two pianos by Benjamin Britten
Text by Guillaume Apollinaire

In German language

Thérèse is fed up. No more cooking, cleaning, having children. She no longer wants to be inferior to men. She frees herself of her feminine attributes and now calls herself Tiresias. Her husband, on the other hand, sees the end of patriarchal society. So he develops a machine with the help of which he can bring over 40,000 children into the world in one day. Chaos is pre-programmed.

Francis Poulenc's dadaistic musical comedy is crazy and always highly topical. The Opera Studio of the Volksoper Wien embarks on a journey through the history of female empowerment, looks at the development of gender images over the centuries and looks at our present with a wink.

With this production, two Viennese institutions join forces to create a completely new cultural experience. The unique locations of the Ottakringer brewery are regular stages for festivals, concerts or clubbings. Now, for the first time, they are inviting the Volksoper to use the special historic industrial-chic setting for a pop-up opera production.
Performances on 28 and 29 April at the Ottaktinger Brewery