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Music & Comedy, Theatre & Performing Arts

Pre-Performance Artist Talk: The Creation and Production of “The Priestess Of Morphine”

The writings of Marie-Madeleine (pen name of Baroness Gertrud von Puttkamer,) are full of ecstatic highs and terrible despairs, with sensational depictions of lesbian eroticism and narcotics. Likewise, her life contained both the heights of scandalous success in early 20th-century Germany, and her mysterious but tragic death in a Nazi sanitarium. Her rediscovery is a welcome revival, in the form of a 2016 publication, translating her works to English for the first time, which inspired the creation of “The Priestess Of Morphine”, a chamber opera Rosśa Crean and Aiden Feltkamp. Subtitled “A Forensic Investigation Of Marie-Madeleine”, the work uses powerful song and a twist on the monodrama format to explore her inner and outer worlds. What else does it mean to investigate such an individual through opera?

This pre-concert talk members of the creative team (and new music collective Sound Of Fools) in advance of a restaging of the opera at the International Museum Of Surgical Science on June 17 and 18th, in which they will discuss the process of bringing their forthcoming production, and Marie-Madeleine, to life.

Moderator: Ben Zucker


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