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THE HUMAN VOICE

25 JANUARY

The conditions of access to the concert are subject to the health constraints in force at the time of the performances.

Symphony concert

THE HUMAN VOICE

A heart-wrenching performance
by Véronique Gens.

Wednesday 25 january — 8pm

Lille – Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle

[ Price category 1 ]

± 1h45 with interval

In the region

No O.N.L ticketing / external ticketing


Friday 27 – 8pm
Paris, Philharmonie – Grande salle Pierre Boulez

POULENC
Sinfonietta

POULENC
The Human Voice

Alexandre Bloch Conductor
Véronique Gens
Soprano
Orchestre National de Lille

Described as both a “monk” and a “delinquent” by the critic, Claude Rostand, Francis Poulenc composed music that oscillates between extremes. In 1947, his Sinfonietta revives the dashing energy of the Roaring Twenties. Tingling with neo-classical mischief, the work harks back to the ebullience of Haydn symphonies. But the atmosphere changes dramatically in the second half of the programme. Having suffered a nervous breakdown in the wake of a romantic break-up in 1958, a distraught Poulenc set to music Cocteau’s play, The Human Voice, in which a woman talks over the phone to a lover who has left her. Conducted by Alexandre Bloch, the monumental singer and tragedian, Véronique Gens, keeps us teetering on the edge of an emotional abyss.

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Véronique Gens © Sandrine Expilly

Véronique Gens © Sandrine Expilly

Alexandre Bloch © Marco Borggreve

Alexandre Bloch © Marco Borggreve

PRE-CONCERT EVENT

6.45pm – Prelude

Cocteau’s Texts
With drama students from the Lille Conservatoire

(Free admission for concert ticketholders)

PROGRAMME NOTES

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SEEING AND LISTENING

Discover an extract of La Voix Humaine by Véronique Gens with the Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch conducting.
The Alpha Classics album will be released on January 13, 2023 !