VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert is making an exciting debut into the digital world, with its upcoming double-bill of La voix humaine (The Human Voice), presented online from February 5-19, 2021.
Poulenc’s chamber opera is a popular choice in pandemic-era opera-making. It’s slim, scored for one singer and piano; and it’s timely, telling the story of a broken relationship through the filter of a one-sided telephone call – technical glitches and all.
Yet OiC’s double-bill stands out. La voix humaine is billed alongside the 1930 play of the same name by Jean Cocteau, on which the opera is based. Alongside pianist and music director Narmina Afandiyeva, Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil sings Poulenc’s “Elle”, opposite Broadway actress and singer Chilina Kennedy as Cocteau’s “Elle”.
It’s a unique event, to be sure. It’s a fascinating glimpse at an opera’s source material, and a rare chance to compare the crafts of two very different types of singing actors.
Tickets are just $20, and VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s double-bill is available from Feb. 5-19, 2021.