The Priestess of Morphine
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. “They tried to burn me, to bury my words. They tried. They tried, but they failed.”
Join Tenth Muse Initiative for the Australian Premiere of ‘The Priestess of Morphine’ a short chamber opera. 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