La Voix De Poulenc

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March 2024

A woman fights on the phone for a man's love - this is what Francis Poulenc and the writer Jean Cocteau tell about in their mono-opera La Voix humaine. The woman only hears the voice of the man who wants to leave her, while we as the audience only hear the woman's voice and see her on stage, remembering good times together, arguing, flirting and pleading with him. La Voix humaine, created in 1959, is a monologue about an extinguished love and the multifaceted portrait of a strong woman - and at the same time a fascinating opera in which the telephone becomes the third actor in a love drama. Two years later, Poulenc and Cocteau created La Dame de Monte-Carlo, a portrait of an aging beauty who takes refuge in the casinos from the disappointments of life. Anna Catarina Antonacci will take on the role of these very different female characters in a performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. The concert opens with Poulenc's witty Sinfonietta, written in 1947.

Program and cast

Three works by Francis Poulenc





Text by Jean Cocteau

Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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