Owen Gilhooly-Miles, baritone
Niall Kinsella, piano
Sunday 26th February 2023, 3pm
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Tickets €20/Concessions €16
***Early Bird Tickets (€15/€12) available until 20th January***
Acclaimed Irish baritone Owen Gilhooly-Miles and pianist Niall Kinsella collaborate to perform Schubert’s iconic final song-cycle, Schwanengesang (Swan-Song). Composed in the final months of his life and published as a cycle after his death, Schwanengesang is often seen as Schubert’s final testament to life. Comprising of two groups of songs to poems by Heinrich Heine and Ludwig Rellstab, plus his final song, the poignant ‘Die Taubenpost’, Schwanengesang’s experimental and sometimes avant-garde nature shows us the promise of a hugely-talented composer taken in his prime. Irish Songmakers is delighted to present this performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, having presented performances of the composer’s other two cycles in recent years: Die schöne Müllerin in 2020, and Winterreise in 2022.
Benjamin Russell, baritone | Niall Kinsella, piano
Irish baritone Benjamin Russell is currently a member of the ensemble of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany. Winner of the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition 2019, Benjamin has been praised for his “powerful baritone voice” (Bachtrack) and “outstanding diction” (Opera Magazine). In a rare recital appearance in Ireland, he performs a programme of Beethoven and Schubert lieder, selections from Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs and George Butterworth’s beloved and touching song-cycle, A Shropshire Lad. He is accompanied by Irish pianist Niall Kinsella, who has been described as “a first class calling-card as a knowledgeable and profound song accompanist” (Merker, Austria).