A Musical Hothouse

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A Musical Hothouse

  • Thu 9 Mar 2023
  • 7:00PM

This concert is presented in connection with the exhibition Roshanarar bagan: An autobiographical exhibition of decadence

A lecture-recital by soprano Natasha Day and pianist Will Dutta featuring Debussy's musical settings of texts by decadent iconoclasts Paul Verlaine and Charles Baudelaire.

The exhibition has its foundations in the short story Der Garten der Erkenntnis [The Garden of Knowledge] by Austrian writer Leopold Andrian, first published in 1895. The novella was considered a cult classic by Andrian’s friend, the poet, dramatist and librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and his contemporaries in the Jung-Wien [Young Vienna] movement.

Following the release of Studio Will Dutta’s award-winning translation of the novella last year, Roshanarar bagan invites you to take an imaginative leap to consider the extent we can know ourselves in our virtual projections. While her exhibition explores decadence in the context of the attention industry, this concert-lecture takes you back to Andrian's turn-of-the-Century Age of Decadence.

Natasha Day, a soprano of Scottish-Polish origin, enjoys a varied career of operatic and oratorio performances. She also has a great interest in song recitals, highlighting selections from lesser-known repertoire. As a producer, Natasha has also devised and delivered a wide range of projects that entwine scenes from operas to create stories of their own.

Accompanying Events Programme:
Roshanarar bagan: studio talk
Thursday 30 February 2023, 7pm

Join Francesca Bugliani Knox, translator of the new English Language edition of Leopold Andrian's novella for an exploration of this extraordinary short story. Winner of the British Association of Decadence Studies Translation Prize 2022.


Natasha Day, Soprano


Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ