Poulenc quotes an eight-bar passage sung by Thérèse in the first act of his opera Les Mamelles de Tirésias with title and lyrics ("Envolez-vous oiseaux dea ma faiblesse"). The quotation is signed, dated, and inscribed by him to a "Miss O. Coin." Quotations from Les Mamelles are very scarce.
Poulenc's wonderfully witty surrealist burlesque Les Mamelles de Tirésias premiered at the Opéra-Comique on June 3, 1947. Based on a play by Apollinare and started by Poulenc in the 1930s, the opera's plot and last line, "Frenchmen, make babies!," was considered particularly appropriate after the decimation of World War II.AMQ-15144$750