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Marble City Opera presents: The Telephone/The Human Voice

4 Market Square | Knoxville, TN 37902
Knoxville, TN 37902

  • Date: October 6, 2017 to October 7, 2017
  • Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Price: $25

On October 6th and 7th, at 8pm in The Square Room "Marble City Opera" presents a double-bill of Menotti's "The Telelphone" and Poulenc's "The Human Voice" .

"The Telephone"
All Ben wants to do is propose to his girlfriend, Lucy, before he leaves on his trip. When he goes to her apartment and tries to propose, however, he finds himself interrupted by a constant stream of phone calls. As Lucy gossips with her various friends and acquaintances, Ben becomes more and more impatient. Making one last attempt he leaves the apartment and calls Lucy from outside on the street to make his proposal. She consents, and the two join in a romantic duet over the phone, at the end of which Lucy sweetly makes sure that Ben remembers her phone number. As relevant in today’s cell-phone-obsessed society as it was back in the day of rotary phones when it was premiered, The Telephone is a delightfully funny one-act opera that is approachable and enjoyable for opera newcomers and aficionados alike.

"The Human Voice" is based on Cocteau's play “La voix Humaine”. The one-act involves a single character, an anonymous woman referred to only as "Elle", engaged in a telephone conversation with her former lover. In what ends up being their final conversation, she is attempting to deal with her feelings of abandonment, and reveals that she once attempted suicide. Poulenc’s final opera, the piece chronicles the psychological disintegration of a desperate woman. It is Poulenc’s rawest and most extreme work, and the one in which he reveals-with extraordinary honesty-the vulnerability and pain of his own emotional life.

Telephone Cast:
Lucy - Julia Metry
Ben - Peter Johnson

The Human Voice Cast:
Elle - Kathryn Frady

Stage Director - Ken Smith
Pianist/Music Director - Brandon Coffer

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at:

www.MarbleCityOpera.com/Tickets


  • October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
  • Location: 4 Market Square, The Square Room, TN
  • Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Price: $25
Marble City Opera presents: The Telephone/The Human Voice