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Benjamin Appl in Schuberts Die schöne Müllerin

Award-winning baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist James Baillieu will join forces this new year’s and perform Schubert’s tragic Die schöne Müllerin. Appl will lend his voice to the part of the young journeyman who falls in love with the beautiful Müllerin, and lacking the social status to win her love, falls into despair and suicide. The story is moving, taking the listener through the happiness and heartbreak (the final number is a lullaby sung by the brook he presumably died in) thanks in no small part to the piano performance, which is so much more than an accompaniment.