Pianist Jean-François Grondin and Soprano Barbara Paterson in La Voix Humaine

Hartwick College to Host Operatic Masterpiece: La Voix Humaine

February 15, 2013

Hartwick College will soon welcome Delhi, NY soprano Barbara Paterson for a performance of Francis Poulenc's operatic masterpiece, La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice), an opera in one act by Francis Poulenc, with text by Jean Cocteau.

This one-off performance will be held on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. The public is encouraged to attend this event, and tickets are free and can be reserved by calling (607) 431-4800 or by emailing Office Manager for the Department of Music at Hartwick College, Michelle Iannelli-Rubin at

Based on Jean Cocteau's ground-breaking stage play, Poulenc's 1959 opera is a tour de force for soprano. The action is simple, but the emotions run deep: an unnamed woman ("Elle") speaks to her former lover on the telephone for the last time. For 45 minutes, the two laugh and cry, trade accusations and secrets, and contemplate their lives without each other.

Paterson, who is currently based in New York City, has sung operatically and in concert across the USA, France, Germany and New Zealand, and has appeared locally as a soloist with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, the Catskill Choral Society, and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. She will be joined for the performance by Montreal pianist Jean-François Grondin.

La Voix Humaine is directed by Kelvin Chan, general director of New York City's Vital Opera, and presented as part of the 2012-2013 Hartwick College Concert Series.

Paterson will also lead a master class of Arias and Art Songs on Friday, February 22, featuring voice students from Hartwick College.  The class will run from 3-4:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Rubin at 607-431-4800 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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