Opera Queensland The Human Voice & The Call

20 - 24 Sep 2022
Concert Hall, QPAC
2 hours 30 minutes
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$75 - $95 *
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Two women, two moments, two lives changed forever.

The Human Voice

Music by Francis Poulenc  
Libretto by Jean Cocteau  

Elle is alone, motionless in a room, she goes to leave but is stopped by the phone ringing. It is the love of her life. Rather than compassion she is confronted with a truth she finds impossible to accept.

Audiences have been wowed by Alexandra Flood’s two sold out recitals and now we present her in full flight. Dynamic conductor Zoe Zeniodi, a rising star in the international music scene, leads a full strength Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with the creative team behind The Marriage of Figaro returning to bring this powerful double bill to life.

Alexandra Flood

The Human Voice is sung in French with English surtitles.

The Call

Concept Ali Mcgregor based on an original story told by Auburn Sheaffer
Composer Connor D’netto 
Libretto Kate Miller-Heidke & Keir Nuttall

A new Australian work, inspired by a remarkable true story about a woman left with nothing but a phone number. She dials, someone answers and so begins a conversation that changes everything.

Starring Ali McGregor (Lorelei) this astonishing new opera shows how a single act of kindness can transform an entire life.

Ali McGregor

The Call is sung in English with English surtitles.

Conductor Zoe Zeniodi
Director Patrick Nolan
Sets & Costume Marg Horwell
Lighting Bernie Tan-Hayes

Presented by Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival
Presented in association with Queensland Symphony Orchestra
The Call is presented in association with FLUXUS
These performances of La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Editions Salabert of Paris.

Special Events

Complimentary pre-performance talks

  • Fri 23 Sep 2022, 7:00 PM
  • Sat 24 Sep 2022, 7:00 PM


The Human Voice 

A woman only known as Elle is alone in her home. She is unravelling.

She picks up a call from her lover, whom we never meet.

Over the course of their call, she becomes more and more desperate to keep him close.

She begins to lie about where she has been, who she was with, what she is wearing. Anything to keep him interested. Anything to keep him on the line.

She knows this will be their last conversation. She knows that he will soon be with someone else.

Will she be able to hang up the phone?


The Call 

The Call opens by sharing with the audience that this is a true story.

Auburn grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth, enjoying the many opportunities afforded the wealthy.

As she grew older, she began to understand that many of the injustices in the world were committed by those as privileged as she was.

She rejects her upbringing and falls in love with a radical. She is introduced to his world, his friends, and the drug habit that now consumes her.

One night, thinking she has reached her point of no return, she recalls a dilapidated piece of paper with a phone number given to her from her mother.

Driven by the love for her baby child, she dials the number.

A man answers the phone.

Hi, I got this number from my mother…

Um, do you think you could maybe

Talk to me?

And so begins a conversation that will change Auburn’s life in the most surprising way.

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