Pierrot Lunaire

Loft, Q Theatre, Auckland

"Rarely have I felt so disquieted and disturbed after a concert... high praise is well deserved for this astounding performance of a work that has clearly lost none of its ability to shock even 100 years after its birth" (Simon Holden, Bachtrack.com)

Arnold Schoenberg’s chilling, surreal classic, Pierrot Lunaire, was premiered in Berlin 100 years ago. Since then, it has entered the canon of twentieth-century works, for its unusual vocal qualities, its vivid, hallucinogenic text and shimmering, hyperexpressive music.

After a critically acclaimed performance in Wellington in 2012, Stroma reprises the show in Auckland. Featuring rising international star MADELEINE PIERARD as Pierrot, other works on the programme include music by Schoenberg’s pupils Anton Webern (Streichtrio Op. 2) and Hanns Eisler’s Pierrot hommage, 14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben (14 ways of depicting rain), set to Joris Ivens' minimalist film, Regen.

"This Stroma concert will live long in the memory as a true milestone" (Garth Wilshere, Capital Times)


Madeleine Pierard (soprano)

Hamish McKeich (conductor)


Hanns Eisler14 Arten den Regen zu beschreiben

Anton WebernStreichtrio Op. 20

Arnold SchoenbergPierrot Lunaire

Pierrot Lunaire