Claire Booth Stars in Welsh National Opera’s Film Version of ‘La Voix Humaine’

By David Salazar

The Welsh National Opera is set to unveil a new filmed version of “La Voix Humaine” on Oct. 25, 2020, as part of its celebration of World Opera Day.

The production stars Claire Booth in the lone role. The film is conceived as an intimate Zoom party during which she receives a call from her lover, who is intent on ending their relationship.

The opera was filmed at Booth’s home and features Christopher Glynn with Sir David Pountney directing.

“We are delighted to be able to bring this piece to audiences, fittingly in time for World Opera Day, and are grateful to Claire who really has gone above and beyond by opening up her home to us and allowing for this to happen,” said Welsh National Opera General Director Aidan Lang in a press release. “This period has shown us the potential of digital work if it is created expressly for that medium. Nobody would seriously suggest that a digital experience can ever replace a live performance, but this is a perfect example of a piece of operatic repertoire that translates well to film and allows for an immersive and intimate experience of the highest quality.”

The film will be available for repeat viewings via the company’s official YouTube page and website.