WINTERREISE by FRANZ SCHUBERT
by Franz Schubert
Christianne Stotijn – Mezzo Soprano & Julius Drake – Piano
LOCATION: St. Macartin’s Cathedral
DATE: Sunday 5th August, 3.30pm
DURATION: 75 mins
IT MAY BE AUGUST, but a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise – Beckett’s favourite piece of music – has been at the heart of the Happy Days programme since its inception. This great song cycle was originally intended for a male singer but this year, for the first time at Happy Days, we’re thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano, Christianne Stotijn, accompanied by Julius Drake. Their long-standing partnership has seen them perform Schubert’s lieder at many of the world’s leading concert halls and this performance, taking place in the magnificent acoustic of St Macartin’s Cathedral, is sure to be a festival highlight.
Preceded by Samuel Beckett’s short prose Texts for Nothing No. 12, read by Colin Salmon.
This is the festival’s fifth Winterreise and its first to be sung by a woman. Previous singers included Ian Bostridge (2012), Florian Boesch (2013), Sir John Tomlinson (2014) and Nicky Spence (2017).