The Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall
Tickets £19.50 + booking fee
A production of Francis Poulenc’s La voix humaine (The human voice)
Directed by Marie Lambert
Based on a play by Jean Cocteau
Sung in French with English Surtitles
Soprano Anne Sophie Duprels
Piano Pascal Rogé
With an introductory talk by Mark Valencia
OHP is delighted to return to the RAH after our exploration of English Opera with this extraordinary one-act opera by Francis Poulenc, composer of Dialogues des Carmelites.
La voix humaine features a woman’s final telephone conversation with a lover who has abandoned her. She talks of suicide and loss and the opera has an anxious beauty to it that makes it utterly compelling. Her ultimate fate is shrouded in mystery but we travel the painful journey with her.
Anne Sophie Duprels, one of OHP’s best loved artists gives a bravura performance in the one-woman opera directed by Marie Lambert, who will also make her OHP summer debut (directing Anne Sophie again) in Leoncavallo’s Zazá in 2017.
‘that wonderfully intelligent singer and imaginatively resourceful actress, Anne Sophie Duprels’ – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
Have a look below at a snippet of the piece being performed at the Buxton Festival in 2013.