Alphabet Series: P is for Poulenc’s Phone Palaver
P is for Poulenc’s Phone Palaver
A woman, a telephone, her despair. These three elements make up Jean Cocteau’s enigmatic 1928 monodrama La Voix Humaine, expertly set to music by Francis Poulenc in 1958. This work presents theatrical conventions in their barest forms, and in so doing, strips the woman’s emotions to the very core, raw and painful, and all you hear is her voice, the true protagonist of the work. This evening, the Sing Song Club presents Poulenc’s final opera, La Voix Humaine, a woman’s final telephone conversation with her lover.
Jennifer Lien, Soprano
Shane Thio, Piano