Franz Schubert / William Kentridge

By Franz Schubert
Text by Wilhelm Müller

World premiere 2014 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Matthias Goerne in “Die Winterreise”, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2014

Matthias Goerne in “Die Winterreise”, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2014

© Patrick Berger / Artcomart

  • Duration 1h 20
  • In German

Past Dates

Worlds and eras collide when William Kentridge adapts Franz Schubert’s cycle “Winterreise”: here the sparse images of German Romanticism, there the South African veld; here Schubert’s fictional landscape of death, there South Africa’s actual history. Initially, Kentridge was looking for music for fragments of his animation films. He decided on “Winterreise”, which he had often heard at his childhood home in Johannesburg. Together with Matthias Goerne (baritone) and Markus Hinterhäuser (piano), he developed a very special lieder recital: In addition to six of his well-known animation films, he adapted further fragments and produced six new films for the 24 lieder. We will hear and see “Winterreise” in a setting that is at once a wall in his studio and a projection surface.

Baritone Matthias Goerne
Piano Markus Hinterhäuser

Stage direction, visual creation William Kentridge
Stage design Sabine Theunissen
Costumes designer Greta Goiris
Light Herman Sorgeloos
Video editor Snezana Marovic
Video operator Kim Gunning

Production: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
Co-production: Wiener Festwochen, Holland Festival, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen (Hannover)/ Niedersächsische Musiktage(Göttingen), Lincoln Center , Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille