Opera North Projects

Winterreise (2003 - )

Winterreise is a performance of Schubert’s harshly beautiful song cycle accompanied by German artist Mariele Neudecker’s series of 24 short films

The collection of songs are performed with simple yet intense expressivity by bass-baritone Andrew Foster Williams and pianist Christopher Gould. Following the line of latitude 60 degrees north, Neudecker's films cross a snow-covered Europe from the Shetland Islands to St Petersburg. Meanwhile, the songs chart the physical and psychological journey of a rejected lover through a frozen landscape. The combination is compelling.

Mariele Neudecker - Video
Andrew Foster Williams – Vocals
Christopher Gould – Piano

The Artists

Mariele Neudecker is German born and has studied and worked in Britain since 1985 (Goldsmith’s College, BA, 1990, Chelsea School of Art, London, MA, 1992). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the I-Space, Krannert Art Museum, Chicago (1999); the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2000); Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2001)

Andrew Foster Williams was born in Lancashire and studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he was recently made an Associate. Operatic appearances include Garibaldo Rodelinda and Melisso Alcina at the Göttingen Handel Festival and Don Fernando Fidelio for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

Christopher Gould read Music at Clare College, Cambridge before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied accompaniment with John Streets and Malcolm Martineau. In 1996 he was the first young pianist to receive an award from The Geoffrey Parsons Trust; this was followed by the Gerald Moore Award (1998) and the first prize in the Wigmore International Song Competition (2001).

The Audience

“It was staggeringly beautiful. The combination of the voice of Andrew Foster-Williams and the visual work of Mariele Neudecker transfixed me...” Audience member

Performance History

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
23rd April 2003

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
8th June 2003

National Centre for Early Music, York
12th June 2003         

Lakeside Art Centre, Nottingham
18th June 2003

St Georges, Bristol
4th December 2003

Halifax, West Yorkshire
15th January 2004

Baltic, Newcastle
22nd January 2004

Lowry, Manchester
30th January 2004 

Keswick, Lake District
20th February 2004

Shaw Room, National Gallery, Dublin
23rd January 2005

The Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, London
13th February 2005

All Saints Church, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
13th May 2005

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham International Festival of Music
6th July 2005

Available to book on request

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