A fascinating master class on Francis Poulenc's La Voix humaine given by the French soprano Denise Duval.
Based upon a drama written by Jean Cocteau, premiered at the Comédie-Française in 1930 and booed by the Surrealists present in the audience, La Voix humaine is Francis Poulenc's most famous lyric tragedy. It features a single character on stage: a woman on the phone, expressing herself in a truncated soliloquy. Through a faulty mean of communication, unspoken resentments are brought to the fore, and the story sets forth a difficult breaking-up between the woman and the man she loves at the other end of the line. Denise Duval, Francis Poulenc's Muse, created the role in 1959. Thirty years later, she accepts to appear in front of Dominique Delouche's camera while giving a master class on the interpretation of La Voix humaine to Sophie Fournier, accompanied by Alexandre Tharaud on the piano.
Verbier Festival 2007
Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF - Janine Reiss (piano) - Christian Ivaldi (piano)
Denise Duval (soprano), Gabriel Bacquier (baritone), Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Jacques Février (piano), Georges Prêtre (conductor)