"From that first moment I met you, I loved you as a young boy loves the constellations."
-Johannes Brahms, Ghost Variations
Based on a true story Libretto by Aiden K. Feltkamp Music by Tony Manfredonia
Synopsis: Clara Schumann’s life falls out from beneath her when her genius composer husband, Robert Schumann, experiences a mental health crisis. As Robert battles the hallucinations and dementia brought on by his illness, Clara must find a way to remain strong for her family, her friends, and herself. Ghost Variations re-imagines the real story of the Schumanns and their closest friend, Johannes Brahms, in the final years of Robert’s life.
Length: 2 hours
Instrumentation: String Quartet & Piano Piano/Vocal Version available
Roles: Clara Schumann - lyric mezzo Johannes Brahms - dramatic soprano Robert Schumann - baritone Florestan - lyric soprano Eusebius - lyric mezzo Marie Schumann - high lyric soprano Doctor Franz Richarz - tenor
World Premiere Film by Thompson Street Opera (2021)