Over the last few months, Graeae and The Stables have been developing a new opera about the life of young disabled 18th century composer, Maria Theresia Von Paradis, with music by Errollyn Wallen. As part of Tête à Tête opera festival, a short documentary about the making of this will be screened on 25 September from 7-8pm, followed by a live Q&A with members of the creative team.
Maria Theresia Von Paradis (Austria, 1759-1824) was a celebrated composer, pianist and singer who gave concerts in Austria and across Europe. A contemporary of Mozart and Salieri, she was known as The Blind Enchantress. Yet underlying her success story is the life of a woman who was used as a pawn by her family to secure a pension – a young disabled musician who was used as a source of ‘inspiration’ and was subjected to an extraordinary and daily variety of treatments to ‘cure’ her blindness.
Graeae and The Stables are bringing to life the untold story of this extraordinary woman. This short documentary follows the initial steps in the creation of Graeae’s first chamber opera to be originated and performed by Deaf and disabled artists, directed by Jenny Sealey, with music by award-winning composer Errollyn Wallen.
Documentary audio described & captioned