“I can’t wait to support Graeae and their outstanding team of Deaf and disabled artists in bringing this project to life.” - Dame Emma Thompson DBE

The Paradis Files

NEW PRODUCTION 2022

The Paradis Files is an opera about the life of the 18th century composer and musician, Teresa Von Paradis (Austria, 1759-1824). Paradis 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. Watch this short documentary follows the initial steps in the creation of The Paradis Files, Graeae’s first chamber opera to be originated and performed by Deaf and disabled artists.

 

“I can’t wait to support Graeae and their outstanding team of Deaf and disabled artists in bringing this project to life.”

Dame Emma Thompson DBE

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Director | Jenny Sealey

Music | Errollyn Wallen

Musical Director and Conductor | Andrea Brown

Librettist | Nicola Werenowska

Co-Librettist and Original Idea | Selina Mills

Casting | Sarah Playfair

Dramaturg | Bill Bankes Jones

Singers featured in documentary | Mimi Doulton, Omar Ebrahim, Bethan Langford, Natalie Raybould, Ben Thapa

Répétiteurs | Stuart Wild, Murray Hipkin

BSL Interpreters | Caroline Richardson, Vikki Gee-Dare