“Winterreise” (Winter Journey) never fails to cast a spell. Franz Schubert’s immortal cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano expresses the anguish, wonder and obsession of its brooding narrator as he makes his way through a wintry landscape.
Melancholy, yearning for lost love and reflections of happier days are the signposts of this Romantic masterpiece, fusing Schubert’s score and texts by poet Wilhelm Müller in one of music’s great works of art. The cycle, which runs about 90 minutes without intermission, has attracted the world’s top singers, and not just men — mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato recently partnered with Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nezet-Sėguin for two performances of the work.
Bay Area music lovers will hear a new voice in the cycle Feb. 20, when Ilker Arcayürek makes his Bay Area debut in a recital presented by San Francisco Performances. The Turkish-Austrian tenor has established a strong profile in competitions, recitals and opera productions; his roles include Ferrando in “Cosi fan tutte,” Alfred in “Die Fledermaus” and Tamino in “The Magic Flute.” He’s also devoted to the song repertoire; a winner of the International Art Song Competition at Germany’s Hugo Wolf Academy, his first solo album of Schubert songs, titled “Der Einsame,” was released in 2017.
Pianist Simon Lepper, who also makes his San Francisco debut, is Arcayürek’s accompanist.
Details: 7:30 Feb. 20, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; $45; 415-392-2545, www.sfperformances.org.
Turkish tenor tackles Schubert’s famed song cycle in SF recital