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.
“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
Please join Emma Thompson in supporting this project. Click here to find out how.
The Paradis Files will be produced by Graeae. Commissioned by The Stables as part of its 50th anniversary programme for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.
“Help bring this groundbreaking new Graeae opera to the big stage.” Errollyn Wallen CBE
Supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Cockayne Foundation.
Documentary filmed and produced by Dan Saul and Rachel Davies of R&D.