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MUSIC: Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
Gwyneth Jones, a scene from Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'



January 31, 2017

'The Human Voice' is a one-act one-woman opera composed by Francis Poulenc in 1930. The opera basically consists of one scene: a woman speaking to a telephone, at the other end is her love whom she suspects to be cheating her. The opera ends with 'her' committing suicide by strangling herself.

Gwyneth Jones began her long opera career in 1962 as a mezzo-soprano. Two years later, she moved up to soprano roles. Her big break came in 1964 when she stood in for Leontyne Price in Il Trovatore, the performance is fortunately documented on video/audio.

She began with bel canto roles, being well known for a very beautiful and exquisite voice. She gradually began moving to Wagner, Strauss and big demanding roles in less than 10 years. She is not just of the biggest voices you'll ever hear, but also one of the most exciting performers around (alongside Leonie Rysanek and Astrid Varnay). Her forays into these roles became stuff legends are made of. She was even known to NEVER having cancelled a single performance throughout her career, even when she was pregnant in the early 1970s and survived a horrible neck-breaking accident in the mid-1970s.

More than 50 years after her career debut, she is still actively adding more roles, there is no stopping this hardworking woman!

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
Gwyneth Jones as Salome, 1971

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
Brunnhilde's Immolation, 1980

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
As Barak's Wife from The Woman Without A Shadow, 1978

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
As Venus from Tannhauser, 1978

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
From Don Carlo, 1967

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
As The Marschaillin, Die Rosenkavalier 1979

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
From Mahler's Symphony #8 (Symphony of a Thousand) 1988

Gwyneth Jones in Francis Poulenc's 'Le Voix Humaine'
With Dustin Hoffmann, her film debut in Quartett, 2012


Francis Poulenc's
THE HUMAN VOICE

Gwyneth Jones as
'ELLE/SHE/HER'

Teatro Filarmonico Verona
Conducted by Stefan Anton, 2007



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