If you think of opera as lavish, overwrought spectacle that relates to actual life sort of not at all, you should check this out. Soprano Natalie Lerch performs two stunning one-woman operas: Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine (1959) and Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga (1979). Here's the description of La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) from Cornish's website:
"Before the ubiquity of overheard cell phone conversations made the private-life details of passersby an everyday occurrence to our public ear, Francois Poulenc and Jean Cocteau constructed an opera comprised of only one side of an overheard telephone conversation. Their tour de force opera for solo soprano, La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) brings the audience into the heroine’s bedroom to eavesdrop on her side of an emotional telephone call. Poulenc’s jagged, lush, and emotional score and Cocteau’s allusive and seductive libretto chart the soprano’s anguished search for strength as we listen vicariously to the story that unfolds."
Um, yeah. That sounds kind of awesome, right?
Natalie Lerch Opera Undressed – Three Acts, One Woman
Saturday, March 27, 8:00 pm
PONCHO Hall, Cornish College of the Arts
More info at cornish.edu