Performance at Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Steeped in the rain-slashed winter landscape, the glow of lamplight, and soaked in foreboding, Wintering Out brilliantly captures the bitter days of winter. What more appropriate way, then, to round off our Wintering Out series than with that other great winter’s tale, Schubert’s Winterreise: one of the greatest song cycles ever written?
A setting of poems by the German lyric poet Wilhelm Müller, Winterreise was originally intended for a male singer, but Heaney’s collection is full of female voices and figures, like the narrator in ‘Mother of the Groom’, and for this truly special concert we are thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Alice Coote and accompanist Julius Drake. On their way to New York to perform Winterreise at Carnegie Hall, Coote and Drake are stopping in Bellaghy for an unmissable performance that brings the autumn HomePlace programme to an exhilarating close.
English mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our day. Equally celebrated for her operatic performances as for her concerts and recitals, she has won international acclaim for her performances of Winterreise at leading venues all over the world.
Pianist Julius Drake enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists both in recital and on disc. His passionate interest in song had led him to devise song series for the Wigmore Hall, the BBC and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and he has performed recitals with many of the outstanding vocal artists of our day, including Sir Thomas Allen, Lestyn Davies, Dame Felicity Lott and Sir Willard White.
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