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Don’t hang up on Sarah

Soprano Sarah Minns performs La Voix Humaine, Poulenc’s taut, one-woman psychodrama, in a new Opera Up Close production at Kings Place

13 July, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Sarah Minns. Photo: Christopher Tribble

Astonishing one-woman opera La Voix Humaine is being performed by young soprano Sarah Minns at Kings Place this Sunday in a new Opera Up Close production.

The intense 50-minute, taut psycho-drama was composed in1968 by Francis Poulenc, based on Jean Cocteau’s play. It is short in length but not in emotion. Alone in her flat, Elle is unravelling. Cradling the phone, she tries to put on a brave face for her ex-lover on the other end of the line. But despair and loneliness ultimately overwhelm her.

Not many sopranos can excel in singing the piece. But Sarah Minns has already received plaudits for her performance, one critic observing that she is an exceptionally good actress as well as singer.

• The piece is also being performed at Kings Place on Sunday August 6, and Sunday August 20.
Kings Place, 8.30pm, from £9.50 online, 90 York Way, N1, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk

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