La Voix Humaine

An Apartment in Penarth


A co-production between Wales Millennium Centre and Welsh National Opera

Commissioned for Festival of Voice

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Director David Pountney
Soprano Claire Booth

A woman is on the phone to her lover. He doesn’t want to be with her anymore. She is approaching breaking point. She thinks she’s alone but she’s not. We, the audience, are in her apartment. We witness her life unravelling.

La Voix Humaine took place at an apartment in Penarth, which is just outside Cardiff. WNO’s Artistic Director David Pountney took a 20th century opera classic and created a unique and visceral theatre experience especially for Festival of Voice. This was opera up-close, intimate and unrestrained.

Sung live with recorded piano accompaniment.


Claire Booth
Claire Wild

Recording Pianist & Sound Operator
Christopher Glynn

Sound Operator
Caradog Williams

David Pountney

Assistant Director
Mathilde Lopez

Costume Designer
Sian Price

Hair and Make Up
Dawn Thatcher

Sound Designer
James Clarke

WNO Librarian
Georgina Govier

Production Manager
Matt Davies

Technical Stage Managers
Carys McIver and Ciara Dredge

Produced by Wales Millennium Centre and Welsh National Opera

With thanks to James Sommerin & FOH team at Sommerin, RH Properties, Jan Michaelis and WNO Props Department.