A Winter's Journey Online Concert

Join us for an online concert

Schubert’s Winterreise masterfully reimagined for a contemporary Australian audience

Limelight's 2022 International Artist of the Year, Allan Clayton is at the centre of Lindy Hume’s potent new staging of the 19th-century song cycle, which is refracted through the vibrant work of Australian artist Fred Williams.

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. 

"...Clayton clearly at the top of his game and in demand across the globe, don’t miss making this unique and unforgettable winter’s journey."
— The Age
"Musica Viva and Artistic Director Paul Kildea are to be applauded for designing something ambitious and genuinely new that may well help introduce this masterpiece to a different audience."
— Classic Melbourne
"[Williams and] video designer David Bergman create breathtaking moments"
— Audrey Journal

Online Concert Tickets

A Winter's Journey will be broadcast online on Wednesday 7 December, 7pm AEST. The production was filmed at the City Recital Centre on Gadigal land, Sydney in July this year.

Bring the joy of live music into your home, on your smart TV, computer, tablet or even mobile phone with an online concert. Tickets are just $25 and include a 48-hour rewatch period. Purchase your ticket online here.

You will receive an email confirmation when you purchase your tickets. Ticket holders will receive a link to watch the performance 24 hours prior to the concert.

If you’re watching on your phone or computer we recommend using headphones or connecting to external speakers. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

DAVID BERGMAN Videographer
MATTHEW MARSHALL Lighting Designer
FRED WILLIAMS OBE (1927 – 1982) Images

SCHUBERT Winterreise, D911 (1827)

This tour is generously supported by our Ensemble Patrons:
Peter Griffin AM and Terry Swann
The Travellers – Giving Circle

Concert Champions:
Dr Jennifer Donald & Mr Stephen Burford (Sydney)
Ray Wilson OAM (Sydney)
In Memory of Stephanie Quinlan (Perth)
Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine (Melbourne)
Alexandra Clemens (Melbourne)


View or download the program guide below. 


Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Online Concert   7 December 7pm AEST


Standard $25.00


Online Concert

Watch online from the comfort of your home.

Event notes

Digital concert ticket sales close 30 minutes prior to the start of the concert.

Ticket holders to this digital concert will receive a link to watch the performance prior to the concert. Please check your junk folder if you have not received it.

Please contact our Box Office team at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au or on 1800 688 482 if you require assistance.

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