On Sunday 25th June we meet at 12 noon in the Royal Albert Hall’s ground floor Café Bar, (enter via Door 12) for a light lunch before walking over to the Royal College of Music for the Dress Rehearsal of two delightful French comic operas: Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias and Chabrier’s Une éducation manquée. Choral Scholar Julian VanMellaerts, who recently won the prestigious 2017 Ferrier prize, sings the main role 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.
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?
The rehearsal is performed free of charge but names are needed for admission: please let us know if you will be coming.