Susanna’s Secret and The Human Voice

Susanna’s Secret and The Human Voice

Double bill of two short operas about love and lies – Wolf Ferrari: Susanna’s Secret and Poulenc: The Human Voice
Opera Theatre Company

OTC production of two short operas that are entirely different in musical character, but which both have a strong theatrical effect. Performed as individual productions at the 2015 Kilkenny Arts Festival, later that year touring Ireland as a double bill.

Wolf Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret is a classic verismo opera with brilliant comic timing and a rich musical score that effortlessly sails between light comic music and more richly expressive arias. Performed by two outstanding young Irish singers Rachel Croash and Rory Musgrave as the newly wedded husband and wife who have yet to fully work out their relationship.

Poulenc’s The Human Voice (Le voix humaine) is a more psychologically complex work written for a single singer – in this case soprano Kim Sheehan. Set in the aftermath of the break up of a relationship the woman frantically tries to re-connect to her former lover via an unreliable telephone line. Poulenc’s composition captures every emotional contour as the soprano’s situation becomes more and more hopeless…


Kilkenny Arts Festival 07 – 09 August 2015
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 11 November 2015
Civic Arts Centre, Tallaght 12 November 2015
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda 13 November 2015
GB Shaw Carlow 14 November 2015
Roscommon Arts Centre 18 November 2015
Siamsa Tire, Tralee 20 November 2015
Source Arts Centre, Thurles 21 November 2015
Town Hall Theatre, Galway 23 November 2015
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 24 November 2015


Creative Team:
Director: Tom Creed
Set and Lighting Designer: Ciarán O’Melia
Costume Designer: Deirdre Dwyer
Music Director: Andrew Synnott

Cast (Susanna’s Secret)
Susanna: Rachel Croash
Gil: Rory Musgrave
Sante: Ian Whyte

Cast (The Human Voice)
Her: Kim Sheehan


a brilliant short opera in the shape of Poulenc’s The Human Voice, and Opera Theatre Company’s new production at the Watergate Theatre, directed by Tom Creed and starring the soprano Kim Sheehan… was simple, to the point and found real beauty in this 60-minute modernist gem”. – The Irish Times

executed with verve and élan… this lively translation was a hoot” - Irish Examiner