Small is the new big! New Zealand Opera will visit six hotels across the country next month with the micro-production The Human Voice (La Voix Humaine) staged in hotel rooms. Performed by one singer to a maximum 20 people, this immersive 45-minute opera centres around Elle, a woman alone in a hotel room waiting for the phone to ring so she can speak to her ex-lover one last time.
The Human Voice will premiere at Harcourts Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, before travelling to Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington and Taupo, wrapping up the tour at Auckland’s Hotel DeBrett in mid-November. Tickets are on sale now at nzopera.com.
This tour of The Human Voice features two of Australasia’s finest sopranos, Amanda Atlas and Fiona McAndrew, in alternating performances, accompanied by pianist David Kelly. Christchurch-based Atlas has performed the role in America and Europe, and Auckland resident McAndrew originated the role in the premiere season of this production in Perth.
This production received rave reviews upon opening at The Perth World Fringe festival in 2014, with the West Australian giving it five stars, saying “It's a tour-de-force from McAndrew, who is sexy and tragic…”.
Director Thomas de Mallet Burgess says this production will resonate more than ever with audiences, as the protagonist Elle struggles to process change and isolation.
“Audience members will be immersed in 45 minutes of intense drama just metres from the central protagonist in a hotel room. The Human Voice is an emotional ‘fly on the wall’ drama.”
Tickets are available now at nzopera.com, and for Hawkes Bay Arts Festival and Nelson Arts Festival, they are available via Eventfinda.