New Opera Singapore (NOS) will present Menotti’s The Telephone and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine on a double bill in August 2022. Comedic and intriguing, this presentation is a strikingly relevant commentary on communication and relationships in our modern day.
Menotti’s The Telephone
Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone is a romantic comic opera written in New York in 1947. Also known as L ‘Amour a trois, the opera revolves around Lucy and Ben, a couple whose marriage proposal is repeatedly thwarted by a telephone. The comedic one-act opera follows Ben’s attempt to propose to Lucy who is obsessed with her telephone. The opera can be interpreted as a witty commentary on our obsession with digital devices, reminding us to be present in the moments that matter.
Lucy will be played by Moira Loh / Lara Tan. Ben will be played by Min Seong Kang / Keane Ong.
Poulenc’s La voix humaine
Subtitled “a musical confession”, La voix humane is an operatic monologue about a woman (Elle) who phones her former lover for the last time, the day before he marries another woman. In this final conversation, she attempts to win him back by going from tenderness to passion in a one-act opera for soprano and orchestra composed by Francis Poulenc.
Elle will be played by Victoria Songwei Li.
Venue: Victoria Theatre, 11 Empress Pl, #01-02, Singapore 179558
Dates and Time:
19th and 20th August 2022: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
21st August 2022 (Menotti only): 11:30 – 12:00 PM; 2:00 – 2:30 PM
When: 19 - 20 Aug 2022,