Poulenc: La Voix humaine
16 Feb 2018
Composer: Jean Cocteau
Other participants: Denise Duval, Édith Piaf, Georges Prêtre, Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique
Denise Duval was Francis Poulenc's muse, the soprano for whom he composed the roles of Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tirésias and "Elle" in La Voix humaine - the nameless Parisienne who, in Jean Cocteau's skillfully crafted libretto, engages in a tortuous, one-sided telephone conversation with her lover. This compelling solo opera is paired here with a Cocteau monodrama for spoken voice, Le bel indifférent. It stars Edith Piaf, best known, of course, as France's emblematic popular singer.