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The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise at the Barbican – 12th to 14th May 2016



Schubert’s haunting song cycle is reinterpreted with Hans Zender’s startling orchestration to evoke the abrasive cabaret style of post-Weimar Germany, and adapted for the stage in this theatrical production.

Plunged into a stark wintry landscape, a wanderer embarks on an intensely dramatic journey, his reflections on the meaning of life alternating between young, male angst and well-worn nostalgia, between sardonic humour and depressive longing.

Netia Jones approaches her multimedia work like a painting, artistically integrating film, video, projections and traditional design into live music performances. Collaborating with tenor Ian Bostridge – a world-leading performer of Winterreise – and Britten Sinfonia, she uses multilayered imagery to realise a monochrome world of foreboding shadow and glittering light.


Hans Zender Schubert’s Winterreise

Sung in German with English surtitles


Britten Sinfonia

Baldur Brönnimann conductor

Ian Bostridge tenor

Netia Jones director, designer and video artist


Approximately 1 hour 30 mins/no interval

Age guidance 6+

Sung in German with English surtitles

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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