'Everest of Vocal Art' Inspired Opera Star to a Life in Music Lloyd Returns to Perform SchubertAS International Opera Star Robert Lloyd Steps on Stage at the Machynlleth Festival to Perform Schubert's Winterreise It Will No Doubt Unleash a; Lloyd Returns to Perform Schubert

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'Everest of Vocal Art' Inspired Opera Star to a Life in Music Lloyd Returns to Perform SchubertAS International Opera Star Robert Lloyd Steps on Stage at the Machynlleth Festival to Perform Schubert's Winterreise It Will No Doubt Unleash a; Lloyd Returns to Perform Schubert


Byline: Karen Price

AS international opera star Robert Lloyd steps on stage at the Machynlleth Festival to perform Schubert's Winterreise it will no doubt unleash a wealth of memories.

For it was a recording of the song cycle which inspired him to embark on a career in music.

Today Lloyd is renowned for his performances of Winterreise - and one of them even led to a major art project.

His artist neighbour Pip Woolf sat in on a dress rehearsal at Lloyd's home in Llangynidr, near Brecon.

She made a series of sketches throughout the concert and three months later she invited him to see the finished works.

Woolf's 23 abstract paintings were mounted on Welsh slate and captured the emotion of Winterreise.

The paintings went on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Machynlleth and Lloyd performed the piece at the museum's concert hall.

They were later bought by a wealthy American businessman, who runs the largest medical centre in Texas and wanted art works for his bare walls.

Lloyd travelled to Dallas to unveil the paintings with another performance.

Now he has been invited to return to the Machynlleth Festival to perform Winterreise once again.

'From a vocal point of view it's a very interesting piece, but very demanding - it's the Everest of vocal art,' says Lloyd, who played miners' union leader Tyrone O'Sullivan in the opera Tower, which is based on the real-life story of Tower Colliery in Hirwaun.

'I bought a recording when I was a teenager of German bass baritone Hans Hotter singing it. …

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