Opéra
La voix humaine | Point d’orgue
Poulenc | Escaich

MUSIC Francis Poulenc (The human voice) & Thierry Escaich (Organ point)
LIBRETTO Jean Cocteau | Olivier Py

CREATED
For The human voice, Salle Favart, Paris, February 6, 1959
For Point d’orgue, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, March 6, 2021

SHOW WITH FRENCH OVERTITLES

It took the genius of Cocteau to give form to this desperate paradox of a device that unites the distant voice yet separates us as beings. On the stage, alone, a woman, "Elle", and a little black telephone, cold and indifferent, an instrument of change, both good and bad. This truncated conversation runs the gamut of attempts, from clumsy to vain, to rekindle a dying spark of love and all the emotions that the human voice can express : love, hate, jealousy, regret and the crushing despair of abandonment. Poulenc’s success reflects the ambitious challenge that the original work represented. In constant tonal ambiguity, the orchestra takes up with eloquence and prodigious imagination the underlying key as if it were the inaccessible part of the conversation. In the end, it is a jewel box for the human voice, at times malleably embracing the full vocal pallet, from contrasted recitative to the most lyric arioso, at times floating naked in the immensity of silence, in which the solitude of the abandoned resonates. For these 40 minutes of desperate and loving cries and whispers, Thierry Escaich and Olivier Py have imagined the other side of the story : "Lui", with his torments and dilemmas, both executioner and victim, just like "Elle", in the tragic incommunicability between beings.

Cast

LUXEMBOURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
MUSICAL DIRECTION Jérémie Rohrer

STAGING Olivier Py
STAGE SETS & COSTUMES Pierre-André Weitz
LIGHTS Bertrand Killy
STAGE SETS ASSISTANT Daniel Izzo
STAGE SETS ASSISTANT Pierre Lebon
COSTUME ASSISTANCE Nathalie Bègue

ELLE Patricia Petibon
LUI Jean-Sébastien Bou
L’AUTRE Cyrille Dubois

Coproduction

COPRODUCTION & CO-ORDER OF POINT D’ORGUE
Opéra de Dijon
Champs-Élysées Theater
New york city opera

Dates
26
Mar
20:00
Auditorium
28
Mar
17:00
Auditorium
30
Mar
20:00
Auditorium
Prices and seating plan
De 5.5€ à 65€ (tarif )
More details
Length
2h environ entracte compris