Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return to The North Wall this autumn with a new production of Poulenc and Cocteau’s astonishing La Voix Humaine.

Alone in her flat, Elle is unravelling. Cradling the phone, she tries to put on a brave face for her ex-lover on the other end of the line, but despair and loneliness overwhelm her.

This is opera at its rawest and most intimate: a deeply personal work by a composer going through his own heartbreak. Poulenc and Cocteau had shared the perils and pleasures of early-20th-century gay life – including Nazi occupation – for decades by the time the composer tackled his friend’s hit play, and the result is a perfect marriage of words and music.

An intense 50-minute tour de force for solo soprano, this one-woman opera is short in length, but not in emotion. Performed by soprano Sarah Minns (OperaUpClose’s Olivier Award-winning La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Elixir of Love) and Richard Black on piano, and directed by OperaUpClose’s Artistic Director, Robin Norton-Hale, this is a devastating musical portrait of a human being on the brink of disintegration.


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Sunday Times

"Pathos and bathos are held in perfect balance for Sarah Minns' portrayal of a woman who is desperate to love"

Evening Standard

Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine

20 October 2017 - 8:00 pm

Full Price: £16 + fee*
Concession: £13 + fee*
Members: £10 + fee*

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*A transaction fee of £2 per booking will be applied to customers paying in person or over the phone with a credit or debit card (capped at £1 for a single ticket)

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