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THE PARADIS FILES

2020

DOCUMENTARY FILMED AND PRODUCED BY DANIEL SAUL AND RACHEL DAVIES OF R&D STUDIO LTD

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.

Produced by Graeae. Commissioned by The Stables as part of its 50th anniversary programme for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.

CREDITS

Director Jenny Sealey MBE, Music Errollyn Wallen CBE, Musical Director & Conductor Andrea Brown, Librettist Nicola Werenowska, Co-Librettist and Original Idea Selina Mills, Casting Sarah Playfair, Dramaturg Bill Bankes Jones, Documentary Singers: Mimi Doulton, Omar Ebrahim, Bethan Langford, Natalie Raybould, Ben Thapa, Documentary Pianists: Murray Hipkin and Stuart Wild, Documentary Sign Language Interpreters Vikki Gee Dare and Caroline Richardson

COMMISSIONERS

Supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Cockayne Foundation.