WOLF ON THE RINGSTRASSE
"Love. You say that word, exalt it in your compositions, and yet you do not understand it. Love is not blindness - brutal, selfish disregard for consequence. You could not love me to have done to me what you have done."
Drama, 2 ACTS | 4M, 1F
In Austria, 1895, the caustic composer Hugo Wolf pens his famous opera, Der Corregidor. It is a new dawn. The fin du siècle is breaking over Europe with the chilly clarity of a wet spring morning. Plagued by the spectre of his adolescent rivalry with school fellow Gustav Mahler, and manically consumed by a need to generate a work equal to those of the dead master Wagner, Wolf retreats, penniless and wretched, to the mountains and the childhood home of the wife of his most devoted patron, Herr Heinrich Köchert. But Melanie Köchert has no time for ghosts. She would rather bury the remnants of the relationship she’d kindled so long ago with Hugo Wolf - scorch the earth - than permit that life to engulf her again.
Wolf on the Ringstrasse is a ferocious, evocative exhumation of artistic life that challenges the romance of the singular, egoist ‘auteur,’ and the enduring music of monstrous men.
Calgary Herald Top 12 Outstanding Theatre Productions of 2019
"A gorgeous historical play of epic depth and beauty. If Chekhov wrote "Amadeus" about Hugo Wolf, it would have felt like this. The dialog and story are so rich and complex, my brain chewed on them like a Michelin star five-course meal."
- Kate Danley, USA TODAY Bestselling Author of The Wodcutter
"(FOUR STARS) Starting with Michaela Jeffery's compelling script, Spirit Fire Theatre's premiere of Wolf on the Ringstrasse is a triumph... riveting... shattering in its intensity..."
- The Calgary Herald
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