Oberes Belvedere

The Playfords

Photo of the exterior of the chamber opera
Vereinigte Bühnen Wien GmbH © Kammeroper Innenansicht / Katharina Schiffl
Photo of the exterior of the chamber opera

Ballads and songs from plays by William Shakespeare

The Playfords
Björn Werner, vocals
Annegret Fischer, recorders
Erik Warkenthin, renaissance lute, baroque guitar
Benjamin Dreßler, viola da gamba
Nora Thiele, percussion, colascione

Shakespeare’s plays are full of references to music and quotes from songs. However, they only have the desired effect if the audience is familiar with the pieces in question. Conversely, it is possible to use Shakespeare’s plays to make a list of the songs that were popular in his day, a task that musicologist Ross W. Duffin has undertaken. The Playfords have used his Shakespeare’s Songbook as a real book and the basis for cheerfully improvising to their heart’s content, and, just as all social classes came together at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, there is something here for everyone: a musical panorama of English society in the Late Renaissance.



Fleischmarkt 24
1010 Wien

Current Dates

  • Thu. 05 Oct 2023, 9 p.m.