He's a jealous husband; she's a jilted lover. Both are in the depths of an emotional crisis. This pairing of two intensely dramatic operas explores the human psyche in a perfect union of music and drama.
Leoncavallo's Italian opera "Pagliacci" is the tale of Canio, the leader of a traveling commedia dell'arte troupe. He is the clown who must laugh, and make others laugh, while masking his own grief after learning that his wife Nedda has betrayed him with another man. In the end, art meets tragedy in a rage of passion and jealousy.
"La Voix Humaine", Poulenc's French monodrama, follows a young woman's emotional phone conversation with an unseen former lover. He is discarding her to marry another woman, and she is desperately trying to win back his love. Set in 1940's Paris, this one-act opera paints an emotional portrait of an abandoned woman teetering on the edge during an affecting and engaging monologue.