Poulenc's La Voix Humaine

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    How can we connect with one another? How can we truly know or love another person? And is this even possible when our cell phones and ipads are the only means of connection? Poulenc's one-woman opera, based on the 1928 play by Jean Cocteau, has never seemed more timely or more relevant as we all struggle to maintain our fragile human relationships and our sense of self in an age where a voice on the other end of a phone call can be a lifeline...

    La Voix Humaine, an unusual work subtitled “Lyric Tragedy”, was created ten years after Dialogues of the Carmelites. Francis Poulenc composed this musical monologue for Denise Duval, one of his favorite singers. An elegant young woman in her cluttered bedroom answers a phone call from her lover, who is about to leave her. In this final conversation, she attempts to win him back by going from tenderness to passion, from threats of her own suicide to calm, from regrets to fits of violence.

    This monologue is one-act in length and will showcase mezzo-soprano and DMMO audience favorite Elise Quagliata. The production will be conceived by director Kristine McIntyre and will be offered for two performances only at Grand View University’s Viking Theatre. DMMO’s own Music Director and Principal Conductor David Neely appears as collaborative pianist. Seating is limited so secure your seats early. The production will be sung in English featuring an updated translation by Kristine McIntyre.