An audience with Beethoven
An audience with Beethoven – Mia Farrow and Daniel Hope
Daniel Hope joined forces with the Golden Globe-winning actress Mia Farrow (“Rosemary’s Baby”, “Hannah and Her Sisters”). For this collaboration, Hope himself wrote a script for Farrow, who played Frau Streicher, the only housekeeper Beethoven never fired.
Frau Streicher discussed her employer’s life and character with a young composer, eager for insight into his tortured mentor’s mind. As she put the master’s paper in order, the secretary paused to reflect on Beethoven’s character. By reading directly from Beethoven’s own letters, Mia Farrow gave voice to a man who was in his own time at turns lauded, scorned or just misunderstood, but who was then given an era in Western musical history all to himself.
The story was illustrated by excerpts from most of Beethoven’s piano trios, including the “Ghost”, “Archduke” and “Kakadu”. As well as the famous Heiligenstadt Testament and letters to the “Immortal Beloved”, the diary entries of Beethoven provided a scintillating and at the same time touching view of Beethoven, revealing a man driven by his own artistic will and anguished by his increasing deafness.
The world première production of “An audience with Beethoven” took place at the Savannah Music Festival in March 2004, with Mia Farrow, Daniel Hope and the Beaux Arts Trio.