OperaUpClose: La Voix Humaine at Kings Place

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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

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 Boheme, 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.

Venue Details & Map

Kings Place

Address
90 York Way
King's Cross
London
N1 9AG
Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7520 1460
Public transport:
Kings Cross St Pancras International Euston

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