Elisabeth Wagner

Elisabeth Wagner is a singer and the creator of Bell'Arte Music Drama, a unique blending of theatre, music and the literary arts. Each of her presentations integrates music with a story line. Many recreate musical or other artistic and literary collectives from the past.

Elisabeth has created and presented five musical plays. Her most recent production, Alice's Gift, tells the inspiring story of pianist Alice Herz-Sommer who survived World War 2 playing piano recitals in the
Theresienstadt ghetto, and who lived to 110. Besides having a remarkable story of a cultured
upbringing in Prague, and a story of endurance and survival, Alice had an extraordinary ability to
embrace life and the people she met. In the play, the audience is invited into her living room and given
the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom. The play was first performed in Victoria in November 2016, and again in April/May 2017.

Elisabeth's first play was The Passionate Muse: The Life and Music of Pauline Viardot-Garcia, (performed in Victoria, Chicago and Regina). It recreates an imagined final recital of this lesser known 19th Century singer-composer and the Paris circle of musical and literary figures inspired by her. The House on Middagh Street told the story of 1941 Brooklyn's “February House” and its residents -- W.H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee -- interwoven with the cabaret music of Britten and Kurt Weill, among others. Other productions have been: Earthly Delights: A Day in the Life of Colette, featuring colourful characters from Colette's artistic life, and French art song from Fauré to Poulenc; and Wanderlust: Songs of Travel, Solitude and Homecoming with a script drawn from the works of Rainer Maria Rilke.

The Bell'Arte Music Drama website provides detail on each of Elisabeth's plays and productions.

Elisabeth Wagner lives in Victoria, BC.

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