Wagner in Paris…….and Barwon Heads!

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Date(s) - 11/02/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Barwon Heads Community Hall


On Saturday 11 February 2017 the Barwon Heads Fine Music Society will launch their 2017 season with the acclaimed new play “Wagner in Paris” .

Fresh from a highly successful premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre in November last year, and featuring Opera Australia singers including local Surf Coast soprano Wendy Grose, this special one-night-only performance at the Barwon Heads Community Hall will mark the beginning of a regional tour before heading to the UK and Europe at the end of 2017.

Performed by artists from chamber group The Parlour; “Wagner in Paris” is a recital interwoven with dramatic dialogue, with Wendy and Opera Australia colleagues mezzo Karen Van Spall and baritone Adam Miller singing lieder and French art songs by a variety of 19th century composers, including some of Wagner’s earliest vocal works. 

Well before he penned ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, Wagner and his wife Minna endured an impoverished three years in Paris while Richard tried to establish himself amid Europe’s artistic elite. Ignored, shunned and eventually imprisoned, Wagner chose to conveniently forget these details and barely referred to them again. This story is exposed by Minna’s illegitimate daughter, Natalie, the least written about but most enduring woman in Wagner’s life.   

Based in fact but liberally sprinkled with supposition and rumour, this captivating story is told through letters, prose and song. “…it’s usually the women behind the great men who have the best stories to tell” says The Parlour’s Artistic Director, Karen Van Spall “there’s always a rich subtext to any biography or autobiography and by exploring it and shining a light on it, we’re given a clearer view of the subject. It’s a bit like searching in the background of a photo for hidden characters.”

She continues “…the Parlour is a group of artists bringing fine music to life in the most accessible and relaxed environments: Art Song, ballads, show tunes and more – anything that tells a story.  Wagner in Paris is presented as a salon performance in the round; the audience should feel free to move around, to go to the bar during the performance, and definitely stay to chat with the performers after the show.”

Tickets for Wagner in Paris are available on the website www.trybooking.com/ODHO (or if you do not have internet access, call 0439 061 475).

Tickets are $35 or for BHFMS members $30.   With the play commencing at 7:00 pm, please aim to arrive by 6:30 pm to arrange your seating and to enjoy some pre-show refreshments.  Wine, beer and soft drinks will be available at bar prices before, during and throughout the performance.

For more about The Parlour go to www.parlourmusic.com.au