Lovers of classical music in Mansfield and Wooster, and in particular those fans of vocal music, have a treat in store for them over the next several days.
The German song cycle, Die Winterreise by Franz Schubert, will be presented in concert under the auspices of the Mid Ohio Civic Opera.
The cycle tells the story of a man wandering on an Earth devoid of life after the world has crumbled into apocalyptic environmental decline. One man walks through the destruction trying to plant a tree he has shielded, lamenting his lost beloved world, eventually sliding into either madness, or death. This, the most haunting and beautiful of Schubert’s song-cycles, is a masterpiece of the genre. The resources of intellect and interpretative power required to deliver them, in the chamber or concert hall, challenge the greatest singers.
This voice and piano song cycle was composed in 1827 and will be presented in a modern staged retelling with projected English supertitles.
Performing will be bass Andrew Potter, who has a continent spanning singing career as an opera singer and recitalist. Pianist Eric Trudel has accompanied the likes of Pavarotti and Placido Domingo and tours the world as a piano soloist. His last was a tour of Japan. Potter and Trudel were last at the Playhouse for Mid-Ohio Civic Opera’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle in January 2020.
Performances in Mansfield will be this Friday and Saturday at 8 PM at the Mansfield Playhouse; tickets are available here. On Wednesday at 7 PM, it will be performed at Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster.