Liszt’s daughter, Wagners wife

music theatre | 2013-2016

Cosima tells the intriguing life story of the daughter of the nineteenth century piano virtuoso Franz Liszt. A lack of fatherly love in her youth leads Cosima to search for her own path to happiness. She knows that she has discovered her true purpose in life when she becomes the wife of opera composer Richard Wagner. She devotes herself to his genius, serving his soul. But at what price? Cosima is a personal love story about identity, devotion, justice and power. A portrait of a determined woman.

Cosima is a music theatre solo, directed by Laurens Krispijn de Boer. It was performed by pianist/actor Christiaan Kuyvenhoven and soprano Gulnara Shafigullina and was rewarded the Wagner Stipendium Prize by the International Association of Wagner Societies. It has toured from 2013-2015 in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The show has been released on DVD which you can order here.

Wagner/Liszt – Isoldes Liebestod

Wagner/Tausig – Sigmunds Liebesgesang

Wagner/Von Bülow – Meistersinger Paraphrase

Wagner/Liszt – Einzug der Gäste



Kuyvenhoven is not only a highly talented pianist; he is also a natural born storyteller. He interprets the music with depth, emotion and well-considered, exciting peace.

(Leeuwarder Courant ****)

Kuyvenhoven is a gifted narrator. His gestures are as eloquent as his dynamics in speech. He is not afraid to drop dramatic silences.

(De Stentor ****)



Director: Laurens Krispijn de Boer
Piano/narration: Christiaan Kuyvenhoven
Soprano: Gulnara Shafigullina
Music by: Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Hans von Bülow, Carl Tausig
Supported by: International Franz Liszt Piano Competition
Produced by: Certo Productions