Chopin's Piano

Chopin's Piano

Presented by Musica Viva Australia


A sprinkling of history and theatre within virtuoso playing and masterful storytelling, pianist Aura Go brings this masterpiece to life alongside actor Jennifer Vuletic.

Can a single instrument unlock the DNA of Romantic music? A small, craftsman’s pianino, built in Majorca in the 1830s, gives it a good try: it’s the keyboard on which Chopin completed his Preludes. This exquisite collection reclaimed an intimacy that had been drowned out by the excesses of Chopin’s brilliant peers. It would take 50 years, but these miniatures would eventually outflank and outrank many of the century’s hulking musical monuments.

If this were not enough, Chopin’s piano took on talismanic qualities in the following century. The cast of characters obsessed with its provenance, heritage and symbolism – from harpsichordist Wanda Landowska to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels – completes this miraculous story.

In this captivating staging by Richard Pyros – first filmed and streamed in 2021 – and with the complete Preludes as its backbone, pianist Aura Go and actor Jennifer Vuletic tell the story of this singular instrument, the works composed on it and the artist who created them, and the changing value of music over time.

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Aura Go piano
Jennifer Vuletic actor
Richard Pyros director
Richard Vabre original lighting
Kelly Ryall sound
Christina Smith costumes

Praise for the artists

‘With stabbing accents, shimmering textures and lute-like tremolos, Go commanded a mood at once vast and intimate with deft control and sensitivity.’ Limelight Magazine

‘Vuletic is mesmerising, compelling, unabashed and bravely present in each of her outstanding portrayals.’ Australian Stage


Frédéric Chopin
24 Preludes, Op. 28

Adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano by the author and Richard Pyros.


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