OperaUpClose mounts a new production of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine
Familiar with depression and doomed love affairs, Poulenc’s last opera La Voix Humaine (1959) was a deeply personal work based on the play of the same name by his long-standing friend Jean Cocteau.
An intense 50-minute tour de force for solo soprano, it was written for the French singer Denise Duval, leading lady in all of Poulenc’s operas. She was also suffering an emotional crisis at the time and the work is a devastating musical portrait of a human being on the brink of disintegration. Alone in her flat, Elle cradles the phone as she tries to put on a brave face for her ex-lover at the other end, hampered by crossed lines and wrong numbers.
It will be performed in an English translation by soprano Sarah Minns with Richard Black (piano), directed by OperaUpClose’s Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale.
Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine will be performed at King’s Place, London on July 2.