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June 19 @ 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Robert-John Edwards, baritone, and Gina Kruger, piano
Winterreise (Winter Journey) is the second of Franz Schubert’s great song cycles based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller. This cycle of 24 songs was composed and published in two separate halves during 1827, not long before his death at the age of 31. It explores the emotions of love and loss.
Robert-John and Gina have been good friends for nearly 10 years and have worked together off and on over those years; they are very excited to be able to present this seminal work of the Lieder repertoire.
Stamford-born Robert-John Edwards originally trained as a pianist and composer at Middlesex University and he later trained as a singer, attending the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning the post-graduate course prize there, he has gone on to sing roles for Pavilion Opera, Heritage Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Opera Minima, Operamus,
Stanley Hall Opera, Opera Seria, Secret Opera, Saffron Opera Group, Hashtag Opera and Apollo Opera. He was a member of the professional chorus at Buxton for five years.
Gina Kruger is a truly international artiste. She holds degrees in piano from the United States and a post-graduate diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. During her studies at the Royal College of Music, she won the Fossat Award for Chamber Music which resulted in performances for the Queen of Denmark and a residency in France. She continues to appear as a recitalist locally and internationally.