Maria Theresia von Paradis inspired the team at Graeae and now we want to know what inspires you? It could be a place, a person or even yourself. Send us your inspirations to the Von Paradis Exhibition and have your work displayed online.
What do you have to do?
On an A4 piece of paper tell us about your inspiration, you can draw a picture, write a poem or find any other way to fill page. Once you’re happy with your final image record a small description explaining what your image looks like at why it’s special to you. Save a photo of your picture and your audio description and then send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t record your description? Then send us a written paragraph with the same information and we’ll do it for you. Don’t forget to send your name, where you’re from and any social media handles so we can tag you online.
More about the Paradis Files which toured the UK this spring.
An extraordinary blind musician. A family hell-bent on a cure.
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.
A newly commissioned chamber opera, with music by Errollyn Wallen; Musical Director and Conductor, Andrea Brown and directed by Jenny Sealey. This opera will be performed by members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and together they will bring this extraordinary woman out of the shadows to reclaim her place in the spotlight of music history.
Your inspiration images