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32. Die schöne Müllerin: Ashley Riches & Sholto Kynoch

16 October 2020, 13:00 - 14:00

A youth tormented by futile love is hardly a rare premise, but Schubert’s settings of Wilhelm Müller’s tale of the young would-be miller, striding out into the world only to find it inhospitable, reach an astonishing level of poignancy. ‘To wander’ is the protagonist’s desire, but when he meets the eponymous beautiful daughter of his new employer, the miller, he is tongue-tied and only able to burst into tears, and must watch as the strapping huntsman wins her heart. His true companion is the bubbling brook into which he casts himself at the end, having passed through anger, loss and delusion.

We welcome back the baritone Ashley Riches, whose star continues to rise ever higher, for a performance of this masterful cycle.

This concert will be streamed completely live from the Holywell Music Room. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.


Artist Portrait

Ashley Riches

Ashley Riches


British bass-baritone Ashley Riches read English at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is rapidly emerging as one of today’s finest young singers. A former Jette Parker Young Artist, his roles for the Royal Opera House include Morales Carmen, Mandarin Turandot, Baron Douphol La Traviata and Officer Les Dialogues des Carmelites. For the English National Opera, Ashley has sung Escamillo Carmen, Co... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Sholto Kynoch

Sholto Kynoch


Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festi... Read Full Biography

Festival Passes

This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality. We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary ...

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