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Wagner in Paris
November 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm$29 – $39
A little about the show…
Based in fact but liberally sprinkled with supposition and rumour, this captivating story of Wagner’s impoverished time in Paris with his first wife, Minna, is told through letters, prose and song. Melbourne based ensemble, The Parlour, will take audiences on an entertaining and moving journey, guided by the words of Minna Wagner’s illegitimate daughter, Natalie Planer, the most enduring but least written about woman in the life of Richard Wagner.
Not merely a song recital, Wagner is Paris is imagined as the first encounter between Natalie Planer and Wagner’s aspiring biographer, Mrs. Burrell. It features a number of Wagner’s rarely heard French Art Songs along with those of his friends, rivals and contemporaries. Soprano Wendy Grose performs Wagner’s epic Adieux de Marie Stuart which contrasts with his intimate Trois Melodies to be sung by mezzo soprano Karen Van Spall. Baritone Adam Miller performs a number of Wagner’s pieces for male voice all accompanied by pianist Eidit Golder. Natalie Planer’s narrative is brought to life by talented actors Julie Houghton, Eva Torkkola and Alice Tovey. Through all this, the audience gains an insight into this tempestuous, but little spoken about period in the composer’s life.
Thursday 3rd November, 6pm
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre (Crn Southbank Blvd & Sturt St. Southbank)
Tickets – $39 / $29 Concession
Bookings – melbournerecital.com.au or 9699 3333
Presented by The Parlour and Melbourne Recital Centre