This Autumn will see the premiere of a contemporary chamber opera by St Hilda’s College student Freddie Meyers (BBC Inspire Composer 2012). Set in 1908, the drama concerns the scandalous affair between Arnold Schönberg’s wife, Mathilde, and his best friend, the painter Richard Gerstl.
Inspired by surviving epistolary accounts from the event, this new writing amalgamates visual art, music and drama to explore the psyches of these prominent artistic figures, as the catastrophic consequences of their choices ensue…
Mathilde Schönberg - Isabella Pitman
Arnold Schönberg - Thomas Lowen
Richard Gerstl - Maximilian Lawrie
Viktor Krüger - Tom Dixon
Irene Bien - Miriam Chapman-Rosenfeld