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Marie-France Lefèbvre and Mireille Asselin

Marie-France Lefèbvre and Mireille Asselin

Marie-France Lefebvre is the French language coach for Wolf Trap Opera's double bill:  Darius Milhaud's Le pauvre matelot and Francis Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias.  Soprano Mireille Asselin plays the role of Thérèse/Tirésias in Poulenc's opera, the surreal story of a young wife who becomes a man while her husband stays at home and gives birth to more than 40,000 children. Classical WETA's Nicole Lacroix spoke to Lefebvre and Asselin about these two short operas--the Milhaud, a chilling tale of murder, and the Poulenc, an absurdist romp--two radically different but entertaining takes on the very modern issue of gender roles. Wolf Trap Opera has paired these works in one evening that runs the gamut from tragedy to absurdist comedy. At The Barns at Wolf Trap, Friday, August 8 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, August 10 at 3 pm and Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets and information at Wolftrap.org/opera.