until the spring comes.
1 March 2024
Goethe-Saal, Goethe-Institut Thailand
18/1 Soi Goethe, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
800 Baht / Student with ID: 350 Baht
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“Ich träumte von bunten Blumen, So wie sie wohl blühen im Mai
Ich träumte von grünen Wiesen, Von lustigem Vogelgeschrei.”
“I dreamt of many-hued flowers, such as bloom in May.
I dreamt of green meadows and of the merry chirping of birds.”
After having completed the cycle of songs, Franz Schubert is supposed to have said to a group of friends,
“I will sing through a cycle of dreadful songs for you.”
“Die Winterreise” or “Winter Journey” is a setting of a poem by Wilhelm Müller, a story of a young man with the incurable wound in his heart who wandering through Winter, driven out by overwhelming emotional frustration into the hostile, frost-bound winter landscape.
Are you perhaps this man?
Let us wander through this Winter together until the spring comes.
Die Winterreise, D. 911
Auf dem Flusse
Der greise Kopf
Der stürmische Morgen
John Tneoh, Tenor
Usa Napawan, Piano
Meet our Musicians
A native of Penang, Malaysia, John Tneoh was trained at Ouachita Baptist University in the United States, where he majored in Voice Performance with a minor in Piano.
Tneoh’s musical journey began at four when he took piano lessons and eventually completed his Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 8 Examinations. Tneoh was also heavily involved in choral music during high school, which led to private lessons with German-trained mezzo-soprano Hooi Lay Khoo before pursuing his tertiary education. He was offered a piano and voice performance major during his university entrance exam, and he decided on the latter.
Throughout his collegiate years, Tneoh sang roles including Peter in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Simoné in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Masetto in Don Giovanni, a role which he would reprise in the Fall of 2022. Professionally, he has also performed internationally as Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Vicomte Cascada (Die Lüstige Witwe), Prince Yamadori & Il Commissario (Madama Butterfly), Masetto & Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Mayor (A Happy Prince), and most recently as Slook in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio.
Tneoh is also no stranger to performing as a soloist in both orchestral and recital settings; his repertoire includes bass/baritone solos in Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis & Missa in tempore belli, Monteverdi’s Madrigalist guierrieri et amoroso, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe and more recently in Händel’s Messiah with the Siam Sinfonietta.
Performing with Usa Napawan in Schubert’s Winterreise comes full circle as the duo’s first performance more than a decade ago was the fifth number of the song cycle, Der Lindenbaum.
Usa (Ami) Napawan
Usa ventured into political science for her undergraduate studies in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University. She decided to return to music after graduated and received her Master in Music in Piano Performance from the College of Music, Mahidol University under the tutelage of Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul.
She has a long-standing artistic relationship with the Pro Musica international vocal and collaborative piano masterclasses under the renowned vocal coach Loh Siew Tuan. She has worked closely with Ms.Tuan and a celebrated collaborative pianist Hein Boterberg in masterclasses held in Thailand and Malaysia in collaboration with Opera Studio Vlanderen (Belgium) from 2008-2013.
Currently, she is a sought-after educator and collaborative pianist who performs regularly with both Thai and international artists, in recitals and festivals, including Jonathon Glonek, Julien Beaudiment, James Hall, Philippe Cuper, Edwin Rodriguez, Sergio Bosi, Arnaldo de Felice, Angela Firkins, Gianni Biocotino, Johan van der Linden, Robert Visser, Lia Uribe, and Magnus Nilsson. She’s also a piano faculty at international schools and Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (collaborative piano and chamber music).