Hugo Wolf; early songs & settings of Michelangelo

29 June 2013 - 8:00pm - 9:40pm
All tickets £20, incl. a glass of wine in the interval
St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road

Lydia Teuscher

Lydia Teuscher (soprano)

German soprano Lydia Teuscher has sung with the Mannheim Opera and Stadttheater Heidelberg.  Her recent engagements include concerts with the Gürzenich Orchester, Cologne and Markus Stenz, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington and with Double Bande and Rene Jacobs. In September 2006 she has joined the Semperoper/Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden as a resident artist where her roles include Pamina, Susanna, Valencienne and Gretel.  

Thomas Hobbs


Born in Exeter, Thomas Hobbs studied at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Neil Mackie, where he was awarded the RCM Peter Pears and Mason scholarships, and at the Royal Academy of Music under Ryland Davies, where he held a Kohn Bach Scholarship in addition to a full entrance scholarship. He was also awarded a Susan Chilcott Scholarship and has been made a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist. He was named an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company from the 2010/11 season.

William Berger

Baritone / Bass

Described as “one of the best of our younger baritones” by Gramophone Magazine, William Berger has distinguished himself as a singer of the highest calibre. His rich timbre and charismatic stage presence have led him to perform at renowned festivals, opera houses and concert halls, including the English National Opera, Liceu Barcelona and the Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh International Festivals.

Robert Holl

Robert Holl (bass-baritone)
Baritone / Bass

Robert Holl was born in Rotterdam where he studied with Jan Veth and David Hollestelle. In 1971 he won the First Prize at the "International Vocal Competition” in s’-Hertogenbosch, followed by studies with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1972 he won the First Prize at the "International Music Competition of the German Broadcasting Association” (ARD) in Munich which resulted in TV/Radio engagements and orchestral concerts. Between 1973 and 1975 he was a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch (piano)
Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival.

Robert Holl – bass-baritone
Lydia Teuscher - soprano
Thomas Hobbs - tenor
William Berger - baritone
Sholto Kynoch – piano

(NB: Ticket holders to this concert are given a £5 discount to the 5.45pm concert given by the National Opera Studio in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building)

The ninth instalment in our project to perform and record the complete songs of Hugo Wolf. This programme includes the first six songs Wolf published (Sechs Lieder für eine Frauenstimme), of which he was justifiably proud, as well as the last songs he wrote, his stirring settings of Michelangelo.

The great bass-baritone Robert Holl makes his first ever appearance in Oxford; in the Michelangelo songs he is peerless and has sung them for many years to great acclaim. He is joined by German soprano Lydia Teuscher, who is currently performing at Glyndebourne, as well as baritone William Berger and tenor Thomas Hobbs.

We return to the lovely setting of St John’s Iffley Road and look forward to raising a glass with you in the interval!



Sehnsucht (Goethe)
Der Fischer (Goethe)
(William Berger)

Auf dem See (Goethe)
Erster Verlust (Goethe)
(Thomas Hobbs)

Sechs Lieder für eine Frauenstimme

Morgentau (Reinhold)
Das Vöglein (Hebbel)
Die Spinnerin (Rückert)
Wiegenlied im Sommer (Reinick)
Wiegenlied im Winter (Reinick)
Mausfallen-Sprüchlein (Mörike)

(Lydia Teuscher)

Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo

Wohl denk ich oft
Alles endet, was entstehet
Fühlt meine Seele

(Robert Holl)


Gretchen vor dem Andachtsbild der Mater Dolorosa (Goethe)
(Lydia Teuscher)

Sechs Gedichte von Scheffel, Mörike, Goethe und Kerner

Wächterlied auf der Wartburg (von Scheffel)
Der König bei der Krönung (Mörike)
Biterolf (von Scheffel)
Beherzigung I (Goethe)
Wanderers Nachtlied (Goethe)
Zur Ruh, zur Ruh! (Kerner)

(Hobbs, Berger, Holl)

Suschens Vogel (Mörike)
Die Tochter der Heide (Mörike)
(Lydia Teuscher)

Anakreons Grab (Goethe)
Phänomen (Goethe)
(Robert Holl)