Schubert’s Winterreise

Baritone Barry Ryan OAM
Baritone Barry Ryan OAM

The Sydney Schubert Society presents baritone Barry Ryan OAM and pianist Jeanell Carrigan performing Schubert’s immortal song cycle Winterreise (D911) one of the great Romantic masterpieces and a profound reflection of human fate. ,

​Completed in the autumn of 1827, Winterreise left the composer in a state of exhaustion. According to  reports, Schubert had been gravely ill for a long time. Contemplating the unresolved fate of a wanderer who has no prospect of arrival or redemption, Schubert presents us with a beautiful musico-lyrical anatomy of melancholy. Winterreise is a profoundly personal statement and one of the greatest examples of lieder and of romantic sensibility in music. It is no exaggeration to say that Gute Nacht, the opening lied, is emblematic of the entire cycle. The opening phrase, ‘A stranger I came, a stranger I depart’ sets the scene for the extraordinary journey which is to follow.

Australian baritone Barry Ryan OAM has performed in concert throughout Europe, Australia and Asia. His many awards include the Shell Aria, the New York Metropolitan Auditions, the Marten Bequest, the Vienna State Opera Award and the Green Room Award. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the major Symphony Orchestras in Australasia, under the batons of some of the world’s leading conductors, including, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Metha, Sir Charles Mackerras, Simone Young, Richard Bonynge and Richard Hickox.

​Jeanell Carrigan studied at the Sydney and Queensland Conservatories and then in Europe. Currently Associate Professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jeanell has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Europe and throughout Australia and has recorded for the Bavarian Radio Corporation and ABC Classic FM. As a member of the Novalis Quartet, Trio Novalis and Richter/Carrigan Duo she performs regularly for Musica Viva and other concert organisations. She recently released her seventeenth solo compact disc of Australian piano music which was featured as album of the week on ABC Classic FM.

This concert is part of the Winter Concert Series at The Independent Theatre.

Tickets: $37 Adult, $27 Concession, $15 student, $10 child

Includes complimentary refreshments at interval

Bookings: (02) 9955 3000 or online at­


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