Happy Families: An opera double bill Gianni Schicchi and Les Mamelles de Tirésias

10 -13 Sep
Happy Families: An opera double bill Gianni Schicchi and Les Mamelles de Tirésias 10 -13 Sep
Thursday 10th September
Saturday 12th September
Sunday 13th September

BYO presents : Happy Families: An opera double bill

Poulenc’s The Breasts of Tiresias and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi


 ‘All happy families are alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’

Meet two families and their problems. Buoso Donati’s family’s problems are death and wealth. Namely that he’s dead and they’re not seeing any of the money. When a shady stranger, Gianni Schicchi, arrives with a plan to bring him back to life and change the will, it seems like the perfect quick fix. But, surprise surprise, things just aren’t that simple. Sit tight for a rowdy, madcap tale with an endlessly inventive score from Puccini.

Teresa and her husband have problems of a different kind. She wants freedom, autonomy and to be able to do all the things men can do. He wants her to have babies. She wants to conquer the universe and rally women to her cause. He wants her to have babies. Cue a journey of ‘high-spirited topsy-turveydom’ about children, sexuality and gender that makes as much sense in our world today as it did in Poulenc’s war-torn France.

British Youth Opera gives you a chance to see the next generation of opera stars in their first professional-level show, just before they pop up at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the world’s biggest opera houses.

Hackney Empire

£37- £10  (plus £1.15 per ticket online, £1.35 per ticket over the phone)

The Breasts of Tiresias Sung in English

Gianni Schicchi  Sung in English

Approximate running time: 2.5 hours with Interval 

The Breasts of Tiresias

Francis PoulencMusic and libretto by
Lionel Friend Conducting Southbank Sinfonia
Stuart BarkerDirected by
Madeleine BoydSet and Costume Design by

Gianni Schicchi

Giacomo PucciniMusic by
Giovacchino ForzanoLibretto by
Southbank Sinfonia
Victoria NewlynDirected by
Madeleine BoydDesign by

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