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Francis Poulenc (1959)

New production

Lesley Garrett makes her return to the operatic stage in a work of rare originality and stark emotional honesty.  

A woman is sprawled alone on her bed. ‘It looks like the scene of a murder’ said Jean Cocteau, who wrote the play on which Poulenc’s opera is based.  But the woman isn’t dead.  She gets up and makes to leave, when the phone rings. It is her ex-lover. During the next 40 minutes we hear one side of an increasingly desperate conversation in which the woman tries anything to win him back.  But it’s no use – she can’t get through to him. He hangs up, and she’s left whispering ‘Je t’aime’ to nobody.

La voix humaine is short in length, but not on emotional impact. Through the lone voice of the woman, Poulenc expresses all the pain and fear of rejection in the rawest fashion, whilst enveloping her voice in music of caressing warmth and sensuality.

Aletta Collins returns to Opera North to direct this one woman show, which will showcase Lesley Garrett’s talent in this heartbreaking portrayal of a relationship’s breakdown.

Sung in English

Lasts approximately 40 minutes 

La Voix Humaine is presented in a double-bill with Dido and Aeneas with a 25 minute interval between the productions.

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No future performances are planned for this production.

Pricing
Adult Ticket
£15 - £63.50
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Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre 14th - 23 February 2013 4:00pm & 7:30pm

La voix humaine

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46 New Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6NZ
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Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Important Information

The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.

Newcastle Theatre Royal 26 Feb - 1 March 2013 7:30pm

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100 Grey Street
Newcastle
NE1 6BR
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Parking

Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.

The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.

Metro

Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.

Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.

Train

The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Belfast Grand Opera House 8 March 2013 7:15pm

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Great Victoria Street
Belfast
BT2 7BA
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Easily accessible by road or public transport, The Grand Opera House is located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the world famous Europa Hotel. The main entrance is on Great Victoria Street, with Stage Door located on Glengall Street.

There is a multi-storey car park situated behind the Europa Hotel, accessible via Sandy Row and Hope Street. McCausland Car Park, located onGrosvenor Road, is open to midnight, Monday - Friday, and 11.00pm on Sunday. There is limited on-street parking on Great Victoria Street, while the nearby Days Hotel also offers secure car-parking facilities.

Great Victoria Street Train Station and the Europa Bus Centre are located on Great Victoria Street, next door to the Grand Opera House. Rail services are available on the Bangor, Londonderry, Larne and Portadown lines and cross-border Enterprise services to Dublin are also available. The Europa Bus Centre provides services across Northern Ireland. Timetables can be viewed at www.translink.co.uk or contact 028 9066 6630 for further information.

Salford Quays The Lowry 12th - 15 March 2013 7:30pm

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ
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There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

Nottingham Theatre Royal 19th - 22 March 2013 7:30pm

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Theatre Square
Nottingham
NG1 5ND
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By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 

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Comment from andrea

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andrea said ago

Lesley was spellbounding from the very first second of this outstanding performance. What an absolute treat, I felt it was an intimate performance, Lesley's voice and her execution of the role were perfect. Congratulations Aletta Collins, this opera surely must connect with every woman who sees it. Amazing.

Comment from Robert

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Robert said ago

This is an excelleny showcase for Lesley Garrett's dramatic skills. Her move into musicals has developed them without diminishing her singing & other operatic abilities. There is no trace of the characters she played in "The Mikado", "The Barber of Seville" & "The Merry Widow", some of her previous triumphs.
Instead on opening night she dominated the whole stage as a women in anguish, both in the opening view through the mirror, and when it shifted to the other side.
Her singing of Poulenc's music is brilliant. It is clear even when she is lying face down on the floor singing to the lino.
The lack of memorable tunes does not detract from the whole experience. I came out with my mind solely fixed on Lesley, even though I had seen Dido & Aeneas in between.

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What the critics say

Garrett’s performance is excellent

The Telegraph - Read full review

Poulenc and Purcell make for a perfect pairing

The Financial Times - Read full review

Her long-delayed return to the stage […] is compelling

The Times - Read full review

This is a revelatory new production, the opera’s poignancy and caustic humour brilliantly highlighted.

The ArtsDesk - Read full review

The applause is deserved.

The Journal - Read full review

Additional Information

Cast
  • Elle Lesley Garrett
Creative Team
  • Conductor Wyn Davies
  • Director Aletta Collins
  • Set Designer Giles Cadle
  • Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton
  • Lighting Designer Andreas Fuchs
Restaurant Deals

Leeds

We’ve teamed up with Piazza by Anthony in Leeds to offer you an exclusive pre-theatre menu. Enjoy 2 Courses for £17.95 or 3 Courses for £21.95. Please use the promotion code ‘OPERANORTH’ when booking your table online or by calling 0113 2470995. This special offer is also available without booking, simply turn up and show your opera tickets to the receptionist.

Available from 4pm until 7pm every night between Wednesday 16th January and Saturday 23rd February 2013 , and From 12pm until 4pm on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2013. Only valid on the day of the performance your ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Just a short walk from the theatre, another fantastic dining option is The Reliance (76-78 North Street).Treat yourself to the pre-theatre menu served between 5:30 and 6:30pm, Mon - Sat. Enjoy 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £17.90. Call 0113 2956060 to book a table. 

Lowry

Why not make a night of it and enjoy a pre-show meal at The Lowry Restaurant? You can have your theatre programmes delivered to your table, pre-order your interval drinks or return for dessert and coffee during the interval. Call 0161 876 2121 to reserve your table.

Newcastle

Enjoy a two course pre-theatre meal at Pasqualino’s for just £15.50 or £13 for Friends. Available 5.30pm. Call the Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 to book.

Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. T&Cs apply.

Did You Know?

Cocteau was overwhelmed by emotion during rehearsals of the piece at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1959, and there is a photo of his tears of appreciation at Poulenc’s skill. He wrote to the composer to say, "You have fixed, once and for all, the way to speak my text".

Season Tickets

Full information can be found here.

On sale dates for Leeds Grand Theatre
Booking for fixed subscriptions opens 28 May and booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 18 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North and Groups opens 9 July.

All tickets will be on public sale on 16 July 2012. 

On sale dates for The Lowry 
Booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 14 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North and My Lowry opens 28 June.

All tickets will be on public sale on 5 July 2012.

On sale dates for Theatre Royal Nottingham
Booking for multibuy ticket packages opens 11 June. Priority booking for Friends of Opera North opens 25 June.

All tickets will be on public sale on 2 July 2012.

Discounts

All discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Discounts cannot be used retrospectively. Only one discount per ticket. Proof of eligibility must be shown.

LEEDS

All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-6 operas. With each package comes a £15 voucher if booked online or a £10 voucher if booked by phone, post or in person.  Full details here
  • Income Support, Pension Credit, JSA: £10 best available excl. Dress Circle
  • Disabled people: 25% off (essential carer free)
  • Family ticket: 50% off for up to four 18/under with each adult ticket
  • Groups of 10+: 20% off plus one free seat for the organiser
  • Visually impaired people: £13.50 tickets reserved in the most appropriate area for the audio-described performance

On the Day

  • Up to 50 £10 tickets available in the Upper Balcony.

Tuesday – Friday

  • Retired over 60: £3 off, excl. £15 tickets
  • Leeds Card holders: £3 off, excl. £15 tickets
  • Under 26 and full time students: £10 best available excl. Dress Circle

LOWRY

No concessions on £16 tickets

All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 15% off when you book 3-4 operas; 20% off when you book 5-6 operas. Full details here
  • Groups of 10 or more: £4 off per ticket. No booking fee.Where over half the group is entitled to concessions: £4 off per ticket plus 1 in 10 free.
  • Essential companions for disabled visitors are entitled to a free seat. Contact Box Office for details.
  • Family ticket: 50% off for up to four under 16s with each adult ticket.

Tuesday – Friday

  • Over 60s, Disabled people, JSA, New Deal, Pension Credit: £3 off
  • Full time students: £10 Stalls tickets with ID.
  • Visually impaired people: £15 tickets reserved in the most appropriate area for the audio-described performance. No booking fee.

NEWCASTLE

All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-7 operas. Full details here
  • Friends of Theatre Royal: 20% off
  • Companion: One free ticket for the companion of a disabled person who is not able to attend the event unaccompanied. To be eligible you produce one of the following as validation of status: A letter confirming receipt of Disability Living Allowance; a Local Authority Mobility Card/Pass; a Disabled Person’s Railcard; a Local Authority Registration Card for Visual Impairment or certificate or a Doctor’s note (valid for 6 months).

Tuesday – Thursday (Excluding Gallery Seats)

  • Group bookings:
    • 10 or more: £2 off
    • 20 or more: £2.50 off + 1 free ticket
    • 40 or more: £3.50 off + 1 free ticket + 1 free programme
    • 100 or more: £4.50 off
  • Standby: half price from 2 hours before the start of the performance in the Upper Circle/Amphitheatre/Gallery subject to availability.
  • Visually impaired people: £2 off and one free ticket for an Assistant if unable to attend unaccompanied, for the Audio-described performance. 

NOTTINGHAM

All week

  • Multibuy Packages: 10% off when you book 3-4 operas; 15% off when you book 5-6 operas. Full details here
  • Group bookings: 20% off for groups of 8 or more
  • Disabled people: 50% off for patron and essential companion in Stalls
  • Standby tickets: Under 26s £7.50 in Stalls. Concession holders half price. Available from 6.00pm on the day. Subject to availability. Max 2 per person.

Tuesday – Friday Excl. Balcony Seats

  • Retired over 60: 10% off
  • Under 18s: 50% off
  • Registered unwaged: 50% off
  • Full time student: £10 stalls
  • School Groups: 50% off in the Balcony for 10+One free teacher place per 20 pupils booked.
  • Visually impaired people: 50% off in the Stalls for the Audio-described performance. 

BELFAST

  • Multibuy: Buy seats for Friday or Saturday and get 25% off tickets for Wednesday or Thursday performances (equivalent number of tickets)
  • Friends: 10% off Wednesday/Thursday evenings
  • Groups: Every 11th seat free (the free seat will be the cheapest purchased). Plus: groups of 8+ will get £1 off per seat; groups of 16+ £2 off per seat
  • Schools/Colleges: 1 free teacher for every 10 pupils booked
  • Standby: from 6pm on day of performance half price for senior citizens and unemployed people; £10 tickets for students
  • Access policy: a free companion seat for customers with disabilities who require assistance.

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