La Voix Humaine
THU 4 JUNE 2020
Poulenc wrote three operas which each display a depth of feeling far distant from the cynical stylist of the 1920s. Les Mamelles de Tiresias (composed 1947, performed Grange Park Opera 1999), Dialogues des Carmelites (composed 1957, performed Grange Park Opera 2013) and La Voix Humaine (1959). All three depict deep human suffering, reflecting the composer’s own struggles with depression.
The premise behind Poulenc’s one-woman opera could not be simpler: a woman sits alone in her room, talking to her lover on the telephone. We watch as the woman – designated only as Elle – learns that her lover will marry someone else the following day. Poulenc (1899-1963) found his text in a play by Jean Cocteau, who also designed and lit the original production. Poulenc’s tragédie lyrique was written for the great French soprano Denise Duval. Its forty minute phone call represents an intense emotional journey, a tour de force for a singing actor.
★★★★★ from The Telegraph
A Picnic from Sally Clarke
by Sally Clarke
A chilled bottle of Sally Clarke rose from the Veneto
Cherry tomatoes with chick pea purée dip
Roasted chicken, mushroom and leek pie
Riso nero, beetroot and pomegranate salad
Hunk of Cornish Yarg with oatmeal buiscuits
Punnet of English strawberries and pot of creme fraiche
Bag of hand rolled dark chocolate truffles