WAGNER IN PARIS
A Story of Prison, Ambition and Song
Wagner in Paris introduces audiences to a Richard Wagner they may not know.
Well before the 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.
The play breaks with convention by excluding all male characters (aside from Wagner himself), and allows light to be cast on the less visited shadows of Wagner’s personal life.
With Wagner's own rarely heard French Art song of the era woven throughout the play, this is a musical journey not to be missed.