James Newby (baritone) and Niall Kinsella (piano): Die schöne Müllerin
Portico Arts & Heritage Centre
Meeting House Street
Rising star British baritone James Newby and pianist Niall Kinsella perform Schubert’s song cycle Die schöne Müllerin.
Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin explores themes of unrequited love, jealousy and heartbreak as a young man falls in love with a Miller’s daughter over the course of twenty songs.
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of its composition in 2023, Die schöne Müllerin is simple in design yet emotionally rich. Schubert draws his inspiration from folk-song and fashions the cycle into a stirring narrative that explores a wide variety of scenes and emotions. Often regarded as the first major song-cycle in the lieder repertoire, Die schöne Müllerin would become a blueprint for the composer’s later song-cycle, Winterreise.
“Newby’s is a wonderfully even baritone voice, velvet-smooth and secure throughout the range with an unshakable technique.” Opera Today
“Newby can do it all and does it with more finesse and maturity than you would expect from a twenty something.” De Standaard
“The Irish pianist Niall Kinsella, who trained in Dublin and later in Vienna (with Barbara Moser), is a first-class calling card as a knowledgeable and profound song accompanist.” Merker, Austria
“Kinsella is a meticulous collaborator.” BBC Music Magazine
Programme and artiste bios available at https://www.porticoards.com/whats-on/james-newby-baritone-and-niall-kinsella-piano-die-schone-mullerin
Supported by Lottery Project Funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland