Beethoven Love Elegies

Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents Beethoven Love Elegies, a fully staged theatrical concert with an innovative fusion of drama and music about Beethoven’s search for the perfect wife. Featuring some of his greatest and most intimate masterpieces.

In 1792, a brash, confident, and energetic Beethoven arrived in Vienna, and within a few years he had been embraced by the aristocracy as a rising star. Amid this glittering society, Beethoven often fell in love with women above his social class. He had a boisterous sense of humor and an eye for women, and spent many afternoons at his favorite Viennese coffeehouses, eating, drinking, and chatting with acquaintances. Proud and touchy from the start, he grew increasingly prickly as deafness forced him into internal exile.

The story of his young years and his attempts at finding love are depicted in a tragicomic script based on Beethoven’s letters and contemporaries’ recollections of the composer interwoven with Beethoven’s music.

>> Download program (PDF), 2014

>> Download program (PDF), 2011 – ‘Tribeca’

>> Download program (PDF), 2011 – ‘Thalia’

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Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
Set & Costumes by Vanessa James
Lighting Design by Beverly Emmons


July 16–August 3, 2014

Edith Wharton’s “The Mount”
Lenox, MA (2014)

November 13, 2011
92nd Street “Y” Tribeca
200 Hudson Street, NY, NY (2011)

May 26, 2011
June 3, 2010

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St.,
NY, NY (2011, 2010)