A frighteningly realistic
monologue, La Voix humaine by Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau is a
sinuous progression into the psyche of Elle, a paroxysmal character that, in
Cocteau own words, demands "more than a singer: a tragic actress". In
Krzysztof Warlikowski's production, created at the Palais Garnier in 2015,
Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan brings substance to this woman, at once
jealous, frightened, hysterical and menacing. A
tailor-made role for this audacious artist.