La voix humaine
Conductor: Paolo Longo
music by Francis Poulenc
The human voice
Tragédie Iyrique in one act
based on the same name play by Jean Cocteau
(sung in French)
Director, set and costume designer Giulio Ciabatti
The "Victor de Sabata" Hall
characters & performers
A woman (soprano) Daniela Mazzucato
Two lovers, who have decided to break up once and for all, are talking to the phone for the last time. It’s the talk of farewell. But only the voice of the woman is heard; the man, on the other end of the wire, is invisible to the audience and is evoked only by the silence that spaces out the woman’s words. Words that are now deeply sweet, now full of passion, now violent and excited. Sometimes the dialogue is interrupted, but neither of them has the courage or the strength to break this last, desperate conversation which goes from the fake indifference to supplication, from the gloomy desperation of doubt to tragedy.
In the end, the woman, worn out, falls down on the bed, imploring her lover to hang up and cut this last talk. The end sees the protagonist clung to the receiver, the last thing that ties her to her love.