Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Ben Johnson, tenor
Niall Kinsella, piano
Sunday 30th January 2022, 3pm
Smock Alley Theatre, 1662
7 Exchange Street Lower
Temple Bar, Dublin 8
Tickets €20/€16 (student/oap)
Early Bird Offer of €15/€12 if booked before 31 December 2021
Tickets available from www.smockalley.com / (01) 677 0014
Acclaimed British tenor Ben Johnson and Irish pianist Niall Kinsella perform Franz Schubert’s great song-cycle, Winterreise. One of the composer’s late works, composed in the final year of his life, Winterreise, or Winter Journey, has long captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike. The cycle is an exploration of the human condition set over twenty-four scenes, which travel the inner journey of the soul, dealing with themes of loss, isolation, rejection, anger and unrequited love.
Regarded as one of the most distinguished tenors of his generation, Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, Johnson was formerly an English National Opera Harewood Artist and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent. Passionate about all areas of performance, his career encompasses the concert repertoire, opera and recital as well as conducting and artistic direction. Johnson is a committed recitalist, performing regularly with Graham Johnson, James Baillieu, Roger Vignoles, and Tom Primrose.
“Johnson, elegant yet intense, is impeccable.”
— The Guardian on Ben Johnson
Niall Kinsella has fast established himself as one of Ireland’s most exciting and sought-after accompanists and art-song specialists. He has performed extensively across Europe, in Austria, France, Spain, Hungary, Czech-Republic, Italy and United Kingdom, in venues such as Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozarthaus Wien, The Liszt Academy, Budapest, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and National Concert Hall, Dublin. His debut CD John F. Larchet: Complete Songs & Airs was released internationally on Champs Hill Records (UK) in 2020, and his second CD, Schubert’s Women, for Austrian label Gramola Klassik was released in 2021.
“Kinsella is a meticulous collaborator.”
— BBC Music Magazine on Niall Kinsella
Presented by Irish Songmakers