Rückert Lieder

2005 - Ruckert Lieder
World Premiere at Nottingham Council House
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2005

About this production

Directed by Erica Whyman, Streetwise Opera created the first ever operatic staging of Mahler’s famous song-cycle for voice and orchestra. The production brought together a cast of international renown, directed by Erica Whyman with sinfonia ViVA conducted by Nicholas Kok and Magdala (formerly Magdala Opera Trust) and a new translation Robert Thicknesse, opera critic of The Times. Homeless people from across Nottingham starred alongside the professional cast in a fully-staged production in the stunning surroundings of Nottingham’s Council House.


Director Erica Whyman
Music Director, Streetwise Opera Dominic Harlan
Orchestra sinfonia ViVA, conductor Nick Kok
Chorus Magdala, Music Director Tim Lole
Designer Soutra Gilmour
Lighting Designer Alexandra Stafford
Costume Supervisor Polly Laurence
Production/Stage Manager Keith Brake
Producer Matt Peacock
Company Manager Kirsten Mason
Front of House Manager/Deputy Company Manager Alice Wilkinson


‘What was made this treatment so convincing and involving was the cast’s discipline and finesse… these figures weren’t so much imitating Mahler’s songs; they became it.’

Opera Now

‘Streetwise Opera is something else. It teases, surprises, takes risks, and tackles the unexpected… it lures you where you haven’t been before and sends you home enriched.’

The Independent

This is not just a worthy attempt to make music theatre with an under-represented section of the community, but a vivid reimagining of Mahler’s songs.’ 

The Guardian

‘Inspiring, revelatory and wholly original… anyone who doubts the power of art to change people’s lives should have been there on Friday night.’

Nottingham Evening Post