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Opera Is Back At Bay Street

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Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

J.A. Diaz

J.A. Diaz COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

"La Voix Humaine," Divaria Productions. COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

Ron Manzel

Ron Manzel COURTESY BAY STREET THEATER

authorStaff Writer on Sep 20, 2021

Divaria Productions returns to Bay Street Theater, this time with its production of “La Voix Humaine” which will be offered live and in-person at the theater on Saturday, October 2, at 8 p.m. This bilingual presentation of Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau’s one-act tragedy will be sung in French and spoken in English, combining the operatic monodrama with the original play

The underlying questions in “La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice)” are: What is love? Is all the suffering worth it? And most important: Does love take a different form for a man and a woman?

These are the questions that drive the narrative. Two people interpreting the same character — living parallel lives, as in a mirror — until circumstances lead them to make different decisions. This duality opens a world of existential metaphors: Is he her? Is she him? Both are the same person; whether male or female, they are just living emotions.

This production premiered at Rioja Forum to great acclaim in 2018, where it will be reprised October 2021, and was featured in the New York Opera Fest. It stars Ron Menzel and Ashley Belle and is directed by J.A. Diaz.

Seating for the performance will be arranged according to all necessary health and safety guidelines. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry. Tickets start at $35 and are available at 631-725-9500 or baystreet.org. Bay Street Theater is on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor.

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