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OperaUpClose: Poulenc’s La voix humaine

Classical & Contemporary at Kings Place
Music / Sunday, 20 August 2017 - 8:30pm / Hall Two
£29.50 – £16.50 | Savers £9.50*

Performances also on Sun 2 Jul, Mon 10 Jul, Sun 16 Jul & Sun 6 Aug

Sarah Minns soprano

Francis Poulenc music 

Jean Cocteau words

Joseph Machlis English libretto

Richard Black musical director/piano

Robin Norton-Hale director

Kate Lane designer

Richard Williamson lighting designer

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return to Kings Place this summer with a new production of Poulenc and Cocteau’s astonishing La voix humaine.

An intense 50-minute tour de force for solo soprano, this one-woman opera is short in length, but not in emotion. 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.

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.

Listen to our podcast for a musical taster and more insights into this exciting new production: 

‘Pathos and bathos are held in perfect balance’ ★★★★ Evening Standard
An artistic triumph’ ★★★★ Broadway World

‘OperaUpClose are leading an artistic revolution Sunday Times  |  Striking music theatre The Guardian 
A huge artistic success’ New York Times  |  Madly brilliant’ The Times  |  ‘Inspirational’ The Independent

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