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Poulenc and Chabrier Double Bill | Royal College of Music

Acclaimed theatre director Stephen Unwin joins forces with Michael Rosewell for the Royal College of Music International Opera School’s production of two French comic operas.

In Poulenc’s farcical little opera bouffe, enter the topsy-turvy world of Tiresias who turns herself into a man, dresses her husband as a woman and heads off to conquer the world. While she is away, her husband discovers a way to bear children himself. Premiered just after the Second World War, the opera also contains a deeper message: the need to repopulate a France ravaged by war.

Meanwhile, set in 18th-century France, Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée finds Count Gontran and his new wife Helene unprepared for the particulars of their wedding night. Seeking advice from close relations, will they find the answers to their questions?

Ashley will be assistant director on this production.