Il Segreto di Susanna / La Voix Humaine

Season : 
2015-2016
Length : 
1:55
Conductor : 
Patrick Davin
Director : 
Ludovic Lagarde
Artist : 
Anna Caterina Antonacci, Vittorio Prato, Bruno Danjoux
Number of performances : 
5
Dates : 
Sun, 24/01/2016 to Fri, 05/02/2016

First time at the Opera.

A one-woman show and up-to-date intermezzo

The libretto of La Voix Humaine is the work by Cocteau, who was able to breathe into it the impressionism that he cherished so much. It is also the opportunity to discover, on the Liège stage and for the first time, Anna Caterina Antonacci, an opera singer whose list of awards is outstanding. La Voix Humaine is the dream and the great challenge of all the great female singers from the 20th century onwards: an opera that is as demanding as it is captivating, both for the voice and for the acting. There is no question of jealousy in The Secret of Susanna. The librettist, Enrico Golisciani, and the composer, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, placed the emphasis on absence and appearances. Let us put the work back in its context, the start of the 20th century: war is far off, Germany is flourishing and the audience delights in finely distilled adulteries. The pairing of Il Segreto di Susanna and La Voix Humaine is a revelation for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, which wishes to surprise its audiences.


 

The Story

In Il Segretto di Susanna, Susanna is the wife of Count Gil. This latter is notable for his absence. However, the tobacco smell that pervades their living room may give rise to the impression that she is unfaithful. In La Voix Humaine, it is the husband who is inconstant in the face of a wife willing, it seems, to make many a compromise.

 


(Libretto: Enrico Golisciani)
(Libretto: Jean Cocteau)