ANNA SMITH – BERLIN AND BACK – Songs of Love and Longing


Saturday 3 March 2018


2pm – 3.30pm

Ticket Prices

$35.00 Adult / $30.00 Pensioner / $25.00 Student Up to Year 12 / $30 Groups 10+

Event Information

Internationally successful, Berlin-based Australian mezzo-soprano, Anna Smith, reunites with acclaimed pianist, Stewart Kelly, to present songs from three of the greatest composers of the romantic era, Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, exploring one of history’s intriguing love stories.

An accomplished Lied (Art Song) specialist who performs regularly in Europe, Anna is excited to be singing these magnificent songs in the corner of the world that she calls home.

This romantic program of exquisite German song will showcase Anna’s beautiful voice as she leads the audience through the soaring emotions of this deeply personal repertoire.

English translations of all songs will be provided in the concert program, which will be available at the door on 3 March.

Program: 1st half (40 mins) – Interval (20 mins) – 2nd half (30 mins)

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
• Song Cycle: Frauenliebe und–leben op. 42 
(A Woman’s Life and Love)
Text: Adalbert von Chamisso (1830) (1781-1838)
Seit ich ihn gesehen / (Since I Saw Him)
Er, der Herrlichste von allen / (He, The Noblest Of All)
Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben / (I Can’t Grasp It Or Believe It)
Du Ring an meinem Finger / (You Ring On My Finger)
Helft mir, ihr Schwestern / (Help Me, Sisters)
Süsser Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an / (Sweet Friend, You Gaze At Me With Wonderment) 
An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust / (At my Heart, At My Breast)
Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan / (Now You Have Caused Me Pain For The First Time)

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
• 3 Lieder, Op. 12 
(3 Songs, Op. 12)
Text: Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866)
Warum willst du and’re fragen / (Why Do You Ask Others?)
Er ist gekommen in Sturm und Regen (He Came In Storm and Rain)
Liebst du um Schönheit / (Do You Love For Beauty)


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
• Intermezzo op. 118 no 2 for piano 
• Selected songs:
Unbewegte laue Luft/ (Still, Warm Air)
Da unten im Tale / (Down There In The Valley)
Von ewiger Liebe / (Of Eternal Love)
Ständchen / (Serenade)
O wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück / (If Only I Knew The Way Back)