La Voix humaine


Lyric tragedy in piano version (2013)

Lyric tragedy in one act by Francis Poulenc (1959)
based on the play by Jean Cocteau (1930)


Singer  Raquel Camarinha
Piano  Yoan Héreau
Stage direction  Aleksi Barrière

Duration: 55’

Premiered on October 25th 2013 in the Salle d’art lyrique of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).

A room, a bed, sleeping pills, a telephone, and an abandoned woman: La Voix humaine is the most quintessential operatic monodrama, where the means of theatre and music join and unite. It is therefore also the best laboratory for an intense work on the stage language of music theatre, through a work all too often restricted to its classicism and that ought to be rediscovered in its full complexity: behind the smoke screen of everyday language, tragically banal in the very lies it allows, the words of a poet trapped in rehab take us into the dark underworld of our secret desires, a world of symbols, dreams and hallucinations. A stage inhabited only by a soprano and a pianist will allow us to stage the conflicts and ambiguities of this dialogue between voice and accompaniment, drama and music, a dialogue that is a love story, too.

Further performances
– July 28th, 2015 at the Póvoa de Varzim International Music Festival (Portugal)
– September 16th, 2015 at the Music of Changes Festival in Klaipėda (Lithuania)
– February 27th, 2016 at L’Alpilium in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (France)

Program notes in French (PDF)

From the press...

“A unique and exceptional performance (…) A staging magnificent in its very simplicity and straightforwardness. (…) The director, Aleksi Barrière, on a voluntarily pared-down stage, makes remarkable use of video and the media’s strongly evocative power.”
(Yves Sinno, frenchtouch2)