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Poulenc:  The Human Voice - Bartók:  Bluebeard's Castle


Poulenc : The Human Voice - Bartók

Release Date: June 01, 2018

Year    :   2018
Slogan    :   «A unique merger of two one-act operas»
Genres    :   Music, Drama
Production Companies    :   Arthaus Musik, Opéra National de Paris, Telmondis
Director    :   Stéphane Metge, Stéphane Lissner
Producers    :   Antoine Perset, Denis Morlière, Laurent Métivier
Writers    :   Jean Cocteau, Béla Balázs
RunTime    :   121 mins.

Running through Bartók’s disenchanted tale, whose haunting music was initially condemned as unplayable, and the expression of despair in Poulenc’s monologue, the director Krzysztof Warlikowski perceives a shared dramatic thread, a shared feminine consciousness and a shared sense of imprisonment and suffocation: for the woman who penetrates the confines of Bluebeard’s castle and Elle, the woman who clings to a telephone conversation with a man as the only thing worth living for, are condemned to share the same fate. And this man she speaks to, does he really exist? Unless the director has interpreted Cocteau’s words to the letter and the telephone has become a “terrifying weapon that leaves no trace, makes no noise”…


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