Franz Schubert left an indelible mark of romanticism on the history of music. Born in Vienna in 1798, he was a student of Salieri and went on to become one of Beethoven's most ardent admirers. Despite Schubert's early death at the age of 31, the composer achieved a prolific output of over 1,000 works. From string quartets, symphonies and sonatas to fantasies and operas, he explored all forms with the same uncompromising spirit. Schubert is also well known for perfecting the art of the lied, most notably with Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise, and the posthumous Schwanengesang (Swan Song), three cycles that brilliantly reflect the themes he was obsessed with throughout his life—love, hope, disappointment, melancholy, sadness, nature and, above all, an errant search for another world forever out of reach. Against a set designed by painter Silvère Jarrosson, the choreographers of the OnR Ballet create a musical drama centered around Schubert the man and his work, interpreted by pianist Bruno Anguera Garcia. Fifteen deeply personal and singular works make up this new Schubert cycle, which also features several young singers from the Opéra Studio.
With the support of La Caisse des Dépôts