‘Winterreise’ stage by Villalobos

Xavier Sabata (countertenor) and Francisco Poyato (piano) were in charge of the Barcelona premiere of the stage proposal that the stage director Rafael R. Villalobos has elaborated for Winterreise by Franz Schubert.

The conductor Rafael R. Villalobos made his debut in Barcelona with a stage production of Schubert’s Winterreise, featuring countertenor Xavier Sabata and Francisco Poyato on piano, on 28 March at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the CaixaForum of Barcelona, in a collaboration between the Fundació ”la Caixa” and LIFE Victoria.

Villalobos is inspired by the theatre of Samuel Beckett for the dramaturgy of this show: a lonely and obsessive man waits for his lover, who will not return because she has abandoned him, and invites us on this journey to nowhere, which also leads us to reflect on one of the taboo subjects in today’s society: mental health.