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The voice of Elle

Interview with Barbara Hannigan — By Marion Mirande

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.    

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