La voix humaine, filmed in Elkins Estate, showing in December

Opera Philadelphia will bring La voix humaine, a 40-minute, one-act opera which was filmed at Cheltenham’s Elkins Estate, to several local theaters this winter. Showings include: Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Ambler Theater, Princeton Garden Theatre, and County Theater, and the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00pm.

Based on the play by Jean Cocteau, the film was described by composer Francis Poulenc as “a musical confession,” and  tells the story of one woman as she grapples with grief, denial, and anger in the face of unrequited love, all expressed through one side of a telephone call.  The role of Elle, the lone character in the monodrama, has been called a true tour de force for soprano Patricia Racette.

On set in Elkins Estate

For more on La voix humaine, you can read Opera Philadelphia’s description. Check out a clip here:

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