In 1827 Franz Schubert composed an emotionally charged song cycle. Setting poems of the German writer Wilhelm Müller, Schubert created an emotional journey of a man trekking across frozen rivers and snowy landscapes, lamenting his lost love. It is indeed a winter’s journey (Winterreise), full of images and metaphors of love, loss, nationhood.

Winterreise is undoubtedly a monument to 19th-century culture, yet as Australian listeners we do not wander the icy trails of Europe. We experience another time and place, with red earth and confronting wilderness. This is the imagery that for three decades the Australian painter Fred Williams captured without parallel. And it is through vivid animations of Williams’s paintings, in a new staging we’ve commissioned of this great song cycle, that we continue and intensify our connection with this work.

Acclaimed stage director Lindy Hume is our cartographer, mapping the terrain of heart and country for the gripping stage charisma of English tenor Allan Clayton and sensitive musicianship of Australian pianist Kate Golla. Videographer Dave Bergman provides the backdrop, bringing to life 24 Williams paintings that match and contradict Müller’s poems and Schubert’s musical imagination, all in gorgeous larger-than-life imagery.  

This powerful artistic combination sets the perfect conditions to experience Schubert’s immortal masterpiece – songs of love and loss that still speak to us vividly, in this far distant time and place.  

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A Winter's Journey will be broadcast online, date TBC.

DAVID BERGMAN Videographer
FRED WILLIAMS OBE (1927 – 1982) Images

SCHUBERT Winterreise, D911 (1827)

This tour is generously supported by Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann.

Concert Champions:

Saturday 16 July, Melbourne – Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine 
Tuesday 19 July, Melbourne – Alexandra Clemens 

"The most exciting British tenor to emerge for decades. "
— The Sunday Times

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Perth   12 July 7:30pm
Brisbane   14 July 7pm
Melbourne   16 July 7pm
Melbourne   19 July 7pm
Adelaide   21 July 7:30pm
Sydney   23 July 2pm
Sydney   25 July 7pm
Canberra   27 July 7pm


Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.