Composers in Exile is an evocative journey throughout the great songs and music of the Weimar period.

Following critically acclaimed performances of Composers in Exile at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Concourse Chatswood, Camelot Lounge and Independent Theatre Sydney, world renowned baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and Nexas Quartet are planning a Queensland tour.

The show features political songs from the turbulent times prior to World War II and showcases the musical theatre of Weill, and cabaret of Stolz, Eisler and Korngold. The musical palate is varied and evokes the Weimar period with great energy.

During the show, the musicians assume the roles of the various composers and give voice to their feelings and frustrations. The presentation is further enhanced by haunting screened images.

As the Weimar Republic descended into chaos, the people escaped into hedonistic abandon and an explosion of creativity. With Hitler’s ascent, Germany’s greatest composers fled to seek freedom in the four corners of the world.

Through the prodigious talents of Peter Coleman-Wright AO and the Nexas Quartet, we follow the musical journey of these exiles from Berlin and Vienna to New York and beyond with a mixture of political songs from the Weimar period. These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also capable of moments of exuberant joy and hope.

Venue Format
Technical Rating
D, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

The ability to project images on a back drop or screen is somewhat crucial to the show.

PETER COLEMAN-WRIGHT AO is widely considered one of the most accomplished and versatile singers in the world today, equally home in opera, concert and recital.

He has performed throughout the world's great opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, La Scala and La Fenice. He has performed extensively for Opera Australia.

As a concert artist he has sung in many major venues around the world - most notably at the BBC Proms, the London South Bank Centre, Avery Fisher Hall New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and with all the Australian State Symphony Orchestras. He has recorded extensively for Telarc, Chandos, Hyperion and EMI.

Peter has won two Helpmann awards and was awarded Order of Australia for his service to performing arts as an operatic baritone.

NEXAS QUARTET is a saxophone quartet who focus on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone, showcasing its versatility and ability to cross genres.

Its success comes from a combination of personalities, virtuosic saxophone skills, and an ability to program concerts of a wide appeal. This unique approach has enabled Nexas Quartet to perform throughout Australia and internationally, performing a diverse repertoire that reflects their artistic direction. .


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Unique Selling Point

This unique show combines the soundscape of a virtuosic saxophone quartet with a world renowned opera singer through enthralling, haunting and vivid music from the Weimar period. Each performer embodies a composer or writer and is matched by detailed and profound stories and images to enhance each musical number.

Marketing Materials

Material from the show is recorded by the cast on an ABC Classic CD "Ballads of the Pleasant Life". Multiple still digital images, extensive reviews from past performances (Limelight Magazine, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Arts Review and other such newspapers), marketing copy, digital assets and promo footage.

Community Engagement

This show is a highly nostalgic trip for many people who remember turbulent times during the war, and the great music from that period. Informative historical content performed in a lighthearted manner that audiences have embraced with great joy. The cultural legacy of this tour will be the sharing of song and knowledge about some of Germany's greatest but almost forgotten music of the golden Weimar period.