Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)



Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) Winterreise

Lieder cycle for voice and piano (1827)
Poems by Wilhelm Müller

Stage direction and visual creationWilliam Kentridge
Stage designWilliam Kentridge, Sabine Theunissen
CostumesGreta Goiris
LightHerman Sorgeloos
Video editorSnezana Marovic
Video operatorKim Gunning
BaritoneMatthias Goerne
PianoMarkus Hinterhäuser

Production / Coproduction
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
In coproduction with Wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen/Niedersächsische Musiktage (Hannover), Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille, Lincoln Center (New York)


Frost has strewn a white veil
Over my hair.
It made me think I was already old
At which I greatly rejoiced.
Yet now it is already melting
And my hair is black again
So that I am terrified by my youth –
How far am I still from my grave!

Wilhelm Müller, The Old Man’s Head, from Winterreise (1822)

A voice, a piano and crushing despair. Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, with its twenty-four hypnotically melodic settings of haunting poems by Wilhelm Müller, lies like a black monolith at the heart of German cultural life. This profoundly introspective song cycle depicts the wanderings of a spurned lover in a landscape of snow and ice, eventually descending to metaphysical depths as the winter journey ends in the presence of an old organ grinder. The South African artist William Kentridge has created his own imaginary visual journey with videos incorporating his signature animations, montages and collages, forming a poetic counterpoint to the interpretation of this masterpiece by the pianist Markus Hinterhäuser and eminent Lieder singer, baritone Matthias Goerne.

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On 4, 6 and 12 July 2014 at 5pm and on 8, 15 and 17 July 2014 at 8pm


Prices: 120€, 90€, 55€, 30€

Youth price: 15€

Discovery price for children on 8 and 15 July

Performance available within the Premium and Prestige Package and subscription

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1h30 without interval

Performance in German


Live broadcast on 15 July on Arte Concert

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