Presented by Tenth Muse Initiative

The Priestess of Morphine

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31 Jan - 4 Feb

  • AGES


    55 mins

Sex, Drugs, and… Opera

Unwillingly addicted to morphine, Baroness Gertrud Günter von Puttkamer and her nom-de-plume Marie-Madeleine explore her sensuality and tumultuous story through the medium of contemporary opera.

They tried to burn me, to bury my words. They tried. They tried, but they failed.

Join Tenth Muse Initiative as they delve into the inner psyche of two sides of the same woman. Gertrud is the forensic observer of her own life whilst Marie-Madeleine is the unapologetic personification of her desire for women and morphine.

Discover the story of this Jewish German lesbian erotic poet, who when revealing her most intimate cravings and pleasures saw her declared a degenerate by the Third Reich which led to her mysterious death.

This powerful and perceptive opera is the most comfortable way to explore the young woman’s suffocating trauma, by situating Marie-Madeleine’s work in the historical and artistic consciousness of the time with an eye towards healing.” – OperaWire


Show contains: Adult Themes, Sexual references, War references (WW2), Depictions of Drug use, Loud and sustained music

For more information on content warnings for this show, please read the Additional Show Information page here.

Image by Cole Currie

  • Producer

    Hannah Lee Tungate (she/her)

  • Director

    Rachel Doulton (she/her)

  • Performer & Artistic Advisor

    Jessica Taylor (she/they)

  • Projection Designer

    Blair Parkinson (he/him)

  • Lighting Designer

    Katrina Johnston (she/her)

  • Tech Operator

    Chloe Palliser (she/her)

  • Administration Coordinator

    Isabella Cisse (she/her)

  • Copywriter

    Bec Bowman (she/her)

  • Graphic Designer

    Georgia Crowe (she/her)

  • Performer

    Ava Charleson (she/her)

  • Percussionist

    Thea Rossen (she/her)

  • Violinist

    Julia Watson (she/her)

  • Cellist

    Miranda Murray-Yong (they/them)

  • Librettist

    Aiden K. Feltkamp (they/he)

  • Composer

    Rossa Crean (they/them)

  • Musical Director

    Laurissa Brooke (she/her)