La Voix humaine

50 min

Lyrical Tragedy in One Act 


25 October 2013


Paris National Conservatoire

“With this device, what’s finished is finished.”

A room, a bed, a telephone, some sleeping pills, and an abandoned woman: La Voix humaine is the lyrical monodrama par excellence, in which the means of theatre and music converge and merge in sparse expression. It is therefore also the ideal setting for an inquiry into the possibilities of music theatre through a work that must, beyond the classicism to which it is often confined, be restored to its original complexity: behind the smoke screen of everyday language, tragically trivial even in the lies it allows, the words of a poet then dealing with rehabilitation take us into a obscure netherworld of secret desires, a universe of symbols, dreams and hallucinations. A stage inhabited solely by the soprano and the pianist will showcase the conflicts and ambiguities of this dialogue between voice and accompaniment, drama and music, a dialogue that is also a love story.



Francis Poulenc (1959)


Jean Cocteau


Raquel Camarinha 


Yoan Héreau

Stage Direction & Video

Aleksi Barrière


25 October 2013

Salle d’art lyrique du Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP)

28 July 2015

International Music Festival of Póvoa de Varzim (Portugal)

16 September 2015

Music of Changes Festival, Klaipėda (Lithuania)

27 February 2016

L’Alpilium, Saint-​Rémy-​de-​Provence


26 October 2013

“A unique and exceptional show. […] The staging is magnificent in its simplicity and naturalness. […] The director, Aleksi Barrière, makes remarkable use of video and its strong evocative power, on a deliberately bare stage.”

Yves Sinno, FrenchTouch

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