An extraordinary blind musician. A family hell-bent on a cure.
In the glittering salons of 18th-century Vienna, Maria-Theresia von Paradis is a star. Pianist, composer, touring musician; this pupil of Salieri and friend (and alleged lover) of Mozart has captivated Europe with her own sensational talent. They call her The Blind Enchantress.
Yet behind this dazzling success story there are darker forces at work. Some of those closest to Maria-Theresia are looking to profit from her blindness. Others are looking to ‘cure’ her - whatever it takes.
In this newly commissioned chamber opera, directed by Jenny Sealey, with music by Errollyn Wallen CBE, this extraordinary woman is finally drawn out of the shadows to reclaim her place in the spotlight of music history.
All performances will creatively integrate BSL, captioning and audio description.
The Paradis Files contains references to some distressing topics, including physical violence, sexual abuse, baby loss, bereavement, ableism and graphic depictions of eighteenth century ‘cures’ for blindness, including compression of the optic nerve, bleeding with pins and electric shock.
Following the performance on Wednesday 20th April, please join us for a short post-show discussion hosted by Dr Ann Limb, chair of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival Advisory.
Jenny Sealey MBE - Director of The Paradis Files and Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company
Andrea Brown - Musical Director for The Paradis Files
Selina Mills - Original idea and Co-librettist of The Paradis Files
Bethan Langford - Mezzo soprano in the title role of Maria-Theresia von Paradis
The event is free to attend and will be sign language interpreted.
Composer: Errollyn Walllen CBE
Director: Jenny Sealey
Librettist: Nicola Werenowska
Co-Librettist and original idea: Selina Mills
Musical Director and Conductor: Andrea Brown
These are fundraising productions for The Stables Theatre
Commissioned by The Stables for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival. A Graeae Theatre Company production in association with BBC Concert Orchestra and Curve Theatre.
Concessions:- *children under-16, those in full time education, unemployed or in receipt of universal credit, disabled and carers