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Opera Club: Dvorák, Wolf, Schubert

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Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber with a programme of Dvorák, Wolf, Schubert at Bayerische Staatsoper

Something slightly different for our online Opera Club this weekend: every Monday, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich presents an hour of Lied and opera repertoire featuring some of its most regular and esteemed soloists in an intimate concert setting with piano accompaniment on the theatre’s main stage.

Over the weekend, catch baritone Christian Gerhaher with a programme of Schubert, Wolf, and Dvorák. Christian Gerhaher has established himself as a much-lauded, exquisite interpreter of Lieder repertoire, with many acclaimed recordings produced over the last two decades. In recent years, Gerhaher has also appeared regularly on some of the world’s most important opera stages, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich and Bayerische Staatsoper, among many others.

As part of the Monday Concert series in Munich, he performs alongside his long-time collaborator Gerold Huber. Alongside Hugo Wolf’s Abendbilder (based on poems by Nikolaus Lenau) and Franz Schubert’s Lieder nach Gedichten von Johann Mayrhofen, they perform one of Antonín Dvorák’s most beautiful, his last, and maybe most personal song cycle, Biblické písne (Biblical Songs). The basis of his songs were psalms Dvorák selected from the Bible of Kraclice. In his settings, though varied in moods and colours, he favours simple, unassuming piano accompaniments, creating a quasi-sacred atmosphere in which the songs resemble chanting, or solitary prayer. It is in these moments of quiet peacefulness and clarity, that the song cycle is strongest, and most memorable.

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