Commissioned by Teatro Massimo de Palermo in co-production with Teatro San Carlo di Napoli.

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  • SATB
  • 4 Voices
  • 1 hr 30 min

Programme Note

Politician and acting Voice from the Chorus
Acting Voice from the Chorus

Winter Journey tells the story of desperate migration from troubled, war-torn countries to Europe, in all its indifference and rejection. The story is told from the perspective of three characters: a man from an unnamed country moving from hardship to hardship as he seeks a better life in Europe, and the woman and child he has left behind. The choir serves as a Greek chorus, while a politician (a speaking role) intervenes intermittently with refrains that will be familiar to many European ears: “The boat cannot dock at our port,” “Why should we deal with this problem?” and, “We do not want strangers on our streets.”

Programme Note
Winter Journey is a journey into the contemporary desolate European winter, into the desperate loneliness of the ones forced to abandon their own country in order to embark for lands where they can beg and earn a living. This is a story which goes beyond the ordinary boundaries of love, whether it is defined as a romance between a man and a woman or between a baby and his parents. Loss, sorrow, loneliness, desperation, irony, these are the tones of the voices chasing each other, in a tragic meaning, which assumes sometimes the febrile tone of desire, at other times the lyric and moving one of absence.



More Info

  • Ludovico Einaudi's first opera 'Winter Journey' takes the stage in Naples
  • Ludovico Einaudi Opera in Milan
    • Ludovico Einaudi Opera in Milan
    • 28th November 2022
    • Ludovico Einaudi’s first opera Winter Journey with libretto by award winning author Colm Toibin will receive a concert performance in Milan on 21 December and on 7 and 8 October 2023 will have its staged production directed by Roberto Ando.