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La voix humaine
Opens: 14/02/2013 Closes: 22/03/2013 UK tourBritain’s most famous soprano Lesley Garrett returns to the stage after six years away in this tragic Francis Poulenc work, with a Jean Cocteau libretto (adapted from his own 1930 play). At just 40 minutes long, it isn’t your standard opera fare. Expect tears and desperation as we watch a one-sided telephone conversation in which a woman begs her lover not to leave. For more information visit: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-voix-humaine Buy: http://www.operanorth.co.uk/productions/la-voix-humaine Watch:
The Telegraph“Lesley Garrett is excellent in her return to the stage...” Framed by Aletta Collins’s sensitive staging, Garrett’s performance is excellent. She shapes the emotional trajectory intelligently, her diction is exemplary and she resists the cheap temptation to chew the carpet...
The Arts Desk“Lesley Garrett’s performance is good enough to silence any naysayers... ” The audience hears only one side of the conversation. It’s a chilling, emotionally charged piece – though the latent naturalism is slightly undercut by the unseen presence of a full orchestra underscoring every move...
The Stage“A bravura performance as the tragic Elle...” It is an emotionally searing work despite taking place within 40 minutes in a single dressing-room. Garrett gives a sublime performance - her acting skills, sharpened on the West End stage, to the fore...
Guardian“It felt in keeping with a woman trying to suppress rising hysteria...” It is possible Garrett wasn't acting at this point, but she is a very expressive performer and makes the anguish of being dumped over the course of a 40-minute phone conversation painfully clear...
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