Opera Glorifies Single Voice

Elise Quagliata stars in “The Human Voice,” a one-woman show presented by Des Moines Metro Opera.


Des Moines Metro Opera extends its innovative Second Stages Series with a performance of Francis Poulenc’s“The Human Voice,” a one-woman show playing Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 at Grand View University’s Viking Theater.

The one-act opera (sung in English) stars acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata, a DMMO audience favorite, who portrays a young woman on a phone call with her lover. When she finds out he’s leaving her, she tries to win him back through tactics ranging from tender pleading to threats of suicide and fits of violence.

The opera explores the struggle of maintaining meaningful relationships in an age when digital devices serve as the primary way people communicate—or don’t communicate, says Michael Egel, DMMO’s general and artistic director. He adds that the production “is the first time we’ve staged a one-woman show in Des Moines. This is special for us.”

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are $30-$50, available here.

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