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Video on demand: La voix humaine

Watch online on www.operaphila.orgOpera PhiladelphiaRecorded at Opera Philadelphia Channel, Philadelphia, PA, United States
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On demand until Thursday 27 October 2022 23:59
Poulenc, Francis (1899-1963)La Voix humaineLibretto by Jean Cocteau
Opera Philadelphia
James DarrahDirector
Elise ViolaSet Designer
Chrisi Karvonides-DushenkoCostume Designer
Patricia RacetteSopranoElle
Christopher AllenDirector, Piano

Star soprano Patricia Racette takes her acclaimed interpretation of Elle from the stage to the screen in this new film of one of opera’s most powerful monodramas. Described by Poulenc as “a musical confession,” La voix humaine tells the story of one woman as she grapples with grief, denial, and anger in the face of unrequited love, all shared through a one-sided telephone call. Racette’s previous stage performances in the role have been praised as “deeply poignant” (Chicago Tribune) and a “sophisticated characterization” (Philadelphia Inquirer on her Festival O18 performance).

Directed by the visionary James Darrah (director, Breaking the Waves; creative producer & co-screenwriter, Soldier Songs) and filmed at the gilded Elkins Estate in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, this new cinematic interpretation imbues Poulenc’s intimate musical creation with even greater psychological insight and nuance.

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