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    The Paradis Files

    Until 14 Apr
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Performance & dance
    £18 ⁠–⁠ £30
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    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

    • 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
    • Errollyn Wallen: The Paradis Files - chamber opera (London premiere)

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    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.

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    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.


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

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