The Paradis Files (Interactive Broadcast)

The untold story of 'The Blind Enchantress.'

Fri 25 Sep 2020 to Fri 23 Oct 2020

The Paradis Files (Interactive Broadcast)


Produced by Graeae

Recording available for 28 days after broadcast

Music: Errollyn Wallen
Words: Nicola Werenowska & Selina Mills

A short documentary screening about the making of The Paradis Files, followed by a live Q&A from members of the creative team.

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 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.

Documentary filmed and produced by Dan Saul and Rachel Davies of R&D.

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

Supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation and The Cockayne Foundation.

Live Broadcast: Friday 25th September - 7:00pm
Duration: 1 hour

£1, plus voluntary donation post event