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Loyola Opera Theatre stages bubbly Poulenc opera

April 29, 2011

Poulenc’s quirky one-act opera "Les Mamelles de Tirésias," ("The Breasts of Tiresias") will be staged at Loyola University New Orleans by Loyola Opera Theatre Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium.

Tickets are free for all students and Loyola faculty and staff, and $8 for general admission. For tickets and information, visit www.montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Tickets will also be available 30 minutes prior to the performance at the door.

Premiered in 1947 and based on a surrealist play of the same name by Guillaume Apollinaire, "Les Mamelles de Tirésias" follows the post-war adventures of a couple, Thérèse and her husband, in the imaginary “Club ZanziBAR.” Thérèse, tired of her wifely duties, wants to become a man and a soldier. Suddenly, her breasts explode, and she becomes the officer Tirésias. Her husband then becomes a woman and begets 40,049 children in a single night. In the end, Thérèse and her husband reunite and everyone beseeches the audience to “Make love, not war… and have babies.”

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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