Sarah Gabriel soprano
Christopher Glynn piano
Edward Dick director
Simon Butteriss translator
Poulenc La Voix Humaine
In the days before people dumped lovers by fax or on Facebook, a late night phone call tended to do the trick. Back in Poulenc’s 1959 Paris anyway, for this is what happens in his third and final opera, La Voix Humaine – where Jean Cocteau’s libretto presents the jilted woman’s side of the sorry tale in a dramatic monologue of great emotional range and power.
Sarah Gabriel’s fascinating, unorthodox career has taken her from being a political speech-writer to playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Paris’ Chatelet, a collaboration with Rambert Dance Company and her first feature film, Brigitte Rouan’s BAFTA nominated Tu honoreras ta mere.
Edward Dick is one of the UK’s most exciting young directors in the field of theatre, opera and film. Training initially with Cheek by Jowl, credits include Shakespeare for the Sydney Theatre Company and Shakespeare’s Globe, and opera productions for ROH2, Aldeburgh and Garsington.
Click on the image above to watch a video about La Voix Humaine – promoting a new DVD featuring Felicity Lott, who performs in event M32 on Friday 12 July.
Sarah Gabriel’s performance of La Voix Humaine at Cheltenham Music Festival is a a brand new English translation.
The Clifford Taylor Young Artist Series
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