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Baritone to bring loneliness to local stage

FANS of classic German-Austrian music will be thrilled with the news that baritone Georg Nigl is performing at Shanghai Concert Hall next Saturday.

The concert will start with five pieces by Schubert - "Contentment," "Violet," "Girl and Death," "Lake Erlaf" and "Comfort." Mahler's "Songs of a Wayfarer" will be performed to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer's death as well as Schumann's "The Poet's Love."

"I will present the works that I have devoted a lot to in practice," says Nigl. "It will be the first time that I sing all of them in one concert. They are all romantic works concerning the theme of loneliness."

Born in Vienna, Nigl has been immersed in music since childhood. He used to be the soprano leading singer of Vienna Boys' Choir and then became a baritone singer.

"We sang while walking; we sang on the way to church; and we even sang at the dinner table in the kitchen. Singing is so fun for me that I decided to join the choir out of my own will," says Nigl. "The boys' choir was like a school for me, providing me chances to sing with the great musicians around the world."

As a baritone, Nigl has been quite active in opera stage, and gained high credit for his interpretation of both Baroque and modern music.

"For me, there is no big difference among arts. My skills help me to create the most beautiful thing that I can do, just like a handicraft man, no matter if it is 4,000-year-old Baroque music or modern music," says Nigl.


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