Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Jonas Kaufmann - Winterreise. It was last on stage 6 April 2014 as part of the Spring 2013/14 season.
Jonas Kaufmann is one of the greatest singers of his generation. He is renowned around the world not only for the beauty of his voice but for the intelligent musicality of his singing – qualities evident in all of Kaufmann's roles for The Royal Opera, which include Don Carlo, Don José (Carmen), Alfredo (La traviata), Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur).
In his first recital on the Royal Opera House's main stage, the internationally acclaimed singer turns to Schubert's glorious song cycle Winterreise. At the piano is Kaufmann's regular recital partner, Helmut Deutsch.
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3 April 2014
In preparation for Jonas Kaufmann's recital of Winterreise on the main stage, we look at the history of this exquisite art form.
Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert (D. 911, published as Op. 89 in 1828), a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the second of Schubert's two great song cycles on Müller's poems, the earlier being Die schöne Müllerin (D. 795, Op. 25, 1823). Both were originally written for tenor voice but are frequently transposed to suit other vocal ranges – the precedent being established by Schubert himself. These two works have posed interpretative demands on listeners and performers due to their scale and structural coherence. Although Ludwig van Beethoven's cycle An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved) had been published earlier, in 1816, Schubert's two cycles hold the foremost place in the history of the genre.