La voix humaine is a forty-minute, one-act opera for soprano and orchestra composed by Francis Poulenc in 1958. The work is based on the play of the same name by Jean Cocteau, who, along with French soprano Denise Duval, worked closely with Poulenc in preparation for the opera’s premiere. Poulenc’s tragédie lyrique was first performed at the Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique in Paris on 6 February 1959, with Duval singing the female role and Georges Prêtre conducting the orchestra, and with scenery, costumes, and direction by Cocteau. The libretto consists of a woman's last phone conversation with her lover, who now loves someone else. During the call, the woman reveals that she has attempted suicide because her lover has abandoned her.
Other sopranos who have sung the role include Karan Armstrong, Josephine Barstow, June Card, Carole Farley, Sarah Gabriel, Lesley Garrett, Gwyneth Jones, Felicity Lott, Catherine Malfitano, Audra McDonald, Julia Migenes, Maralin Niska, Jessye Norman, Magda Olivero, Françoise Pollet, Jane Rhodes, Gerlinde Sämann, Renata Scotto, Anja Silja, Elisabeth Söderström, Phyllis Treigle, Pauline Vaillancourt, and Galina Vishnevskaya.