Saved events

    The Paradis Files

    Until 14 Apr
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Performance & dance
    £18 ⁠–⁠ £30
    past event
    past event
    Save
    Graeae Theatre: The Paradis Files shot of woman in Victorian costume

    A new opera reclaims a place in the spotlight for the extraordinary blind musician, 18th-century pianist and composer Maria-Theresia von Paradis.

    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, this extraordinary woman is finally drawn out of the shadows to reclaim her place in the spotlight of music history.

    All performances creatively integrate BSL, captioning and audio description.

    Commissioned by The Stables for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival. A Graeae Theatre Company production in partnership with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Curve Theatre.

    Music: Errollyn Wallen

    Musical Director and Conductor: Andrea Brown
    Director: Jenny Sealey
    Librettist: Nicola Werenowska
    Co-Librettist and Original Idea: Selina Mills
    Designer: Bernadette Roberts
    Lighting Designer: Emma Chapman
    Video Designer: Ben Glover
    Assistant Director: Sonny Nwachukwu
    Casting Director: Sarah Playfair
    Dramaturg: Bill Bankes-Jones

    Performers
    • Graeae Theatre
    • Andrea Brown conductor, musical director
    • Maureen Brathwaite soprano, Hilde, The Baroness von Paradis
    • Omar Ebrahim baritone, Joseph, The Baron von Paradis, A Doctor, Baritone Gossip
    • Andee-Louise Hypolite mezzo-soprano, A Doctor, Alto Gossip
    • Bethan Langford mezzo-soprano, Maria Theresia von Paradis
    • Ella Taylor soprano, Gerda, The Maid, Soprano Gossip
    • Ben Thapa tenor, Salieri, A Doctor, Tenor Gossip
    Repertoire
    • Errollyn Wallen: The Paradis Files - chamber opera (London premiere)

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 12+

    The Paradis Files contains references to some distressing topics, including physical violence, sexual abuse, baby loss, bereavement, ableism and graphic depictions of 18th-century ‘cures’ for blindness.

    This event is Captioned, British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) and Audio Description is also available.

    Please note that British Sign Language is integrated within the performance, rather than using an interpreter at the side of stage. All seats offer a good view for those requiring BSL.

    A variety of access aids are also available from the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer before the show.

    To join our free Access Scheme, email [email protected]

    Find out more about our Access Scheme

    Dates & times

    Until 14 Apr
    Approximate run time: 75 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£18 ⁠–⁠ £30*
    • Concessions25%**


    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

    Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. You can return your tickets to the Southbank Centre for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the event. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

    Get presale tickets

    Members get the first chance to book our entire programme of events, including go-down-in-history gigs, concerts with world-class orchestras, and talks from cultural icons and political giants.

    JOIN NOW

     

    Venue

    Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

    Check here for our current guidance

    Open 90 minutes before an event until the end of the event. Closed at all other times.

    See the opening times for all our venues

    Our address is: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. The nearest tube and train stations within 5-7 minutes walk are Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines) and Embankment (District & Circle lines). There are also lots of bus routes with stops 2-5 minutes from our venues. For more information on getting here by road, rail or river.

    Visit our Getting here page

    Pre-booking online is recommended. Check our website on the day for returns. There’s no need to print your e-ticket – just show your phone to our Visitor Assistants on entry.

    Some free events don't require a ticket. Found an event labelled FREE on our website with no way to book? Simply turn up on the day.

    Find out all you need to know about tickets, including concessions, group bookings, returns and more via the link below.

    Ticket & concessions FAQs

    Get an overview of the seating layout of Queen Elizabeth Hall by downloading our seating plan.

    Download seating plan

    Toilets

    An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

    A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

    The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

    Cloakroom

    The Queen Elizabeth Hall cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the Queen Elizabeth Hall, so please leave large bags at home.

    We're cash-free

    Please note that we're unable to accept cash payments across our site. 

    For step-free access to Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

    For access to Queen Elizabeth Hall auditorium seating row A and all wheelchair spaces please enter via the Artist Entrance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

    For lift access to Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden please use the Roof Garden Lift in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Slip Road (Level 1).

    Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

    Download step-free access map

    More about Access and facilities