La Voix Humaine

La Voix Humaine

Opera Up Close presents


La Voix Humaine


Friday 3rd November 8pm


Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return to Redbridge Drama Centre this autumn 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.


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Composer: Francis Poulenc

Lyrics: Jean Cocteau

English Libretto: Jean Machlis

Musical Director and Piano: Richard Black

Director: Robin Norton-Hale

Designer: Kate Lane



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Fri 3 Nov
8:00pm