Theresa’s Breasts and Angelica’s Baby


This is a last-minute heads-up from our friends Amy Johnson and Mark Gibson. Amy is a Voice Professor at CCM and Maestro Gibson heads the CCM Philharmonia (the school’s concert orchestra.)

The CCM SUMMER OPERA BOOTCAMP will present an evening of operatic excerpts from Mozart operas. The singers and conductors are two dozen young talents who came to CCM this summer from schools around the country.

Admission is free.

At CCM they undergo an intensive, immersive training in all aspects of the operatic art, including acting, languages, and diction, along with individual coaching sessions with the faculty and guest artists.

THIS SUNDAY, at 4 PM, also at CCM’s Cohen Theatre, the CCM SUMMER OPERA BOOTCAMP will present a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Francis Poulenc Les mamelles de Tirésias Theresa’s Breasts in my free-spirited translation!

Admission is free.

The two operas have more than one thing in common. The central character in both is female. In Suor Angelica, the nun who has taken the vows after she bears a child out of wedlock is still in her heart very much a mother. I will not give you a spoiler here but let you hear the aria Senza Mamma (Without a mother) from that opera and one from the Poulenc in the attached links below.

Poulenc, ever the naughty Parisian takes a different tack in his Les mamelles de Tirésias touching light-heartedly on the subjects of right-to-life, motherhood and feminism and using lots and lots of balloons symbolizing boobs.

Puccini – Senza Mamma (SUOR ANGELICA) sung by Renée Fleming –

Poulenc – The waltz from Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias with the composer at the piano in a 1959 recording with Denise Duval singing. and Poulenc himself growling out a couple of phrases. –


Rafael de Acha All About the Arts

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