The Cleveland Opera

Two Portraits

by Robert Schumann

Free to All

A staged and costumed production of Schumann's song cycles "Dichterliebe" and "Frauenliebe und Leben" sung in the original German with English translation projected. Duration: 50 minutes.

Through the breathtaking music of Schumann set to deeply Romantic poetry of Heinrich Heine and Adalbert von Chamisso, this production tells two stories of life and love: one by a man, one by a woman. The man is a young poet, whose poetic imagination paints a collection of images symbolizing powerful emotions. The other cycle of songs represents the milestones in a woman's life: her love, her marriage, a child and the death of her husband. In The Cleveland Opera's unique production, those two stories are set next to each other, diving into the deepest recesses of human heart, and thus revealing two perspectives on reality: a life (not) together.

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm in New Philadelphia
First United Church of Christ
201 Fair Avenue NW • New Philadelphia OH 44663
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Cleveland
Polish-American Cultural Center
6501 Lansing Avenue • Cleveland OH 44105
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm in East Cleveland
East Cleveland Public Library
14101 Euclid Avenue • East Cleveland OH 44112
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Kent
Faith Lutheran Church
931 East Main Street • Kent OH 44240
  • Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Akron
The Akron-Summit County Public Library Auditorium
60 South High Street • Akron OH 44326
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Youngstown
Saints Peter & Paul Croatian Catholic Church
421 Covington Street • Youngstown OH 44510
  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Beachwood
Beachwood Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library
25501 Shaker Boulevard • Beachwood OH 44122
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Shaker Heights
First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
3630 Fairmount Blvd. • Shaker Heights OH 44118
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Cleveland
Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus
3649 East 65th Street • Cleveland OH 44105
  • Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm in Chagrin Falls
Valley Lutheran Church
87 East Orange Street • Chagrin Falls OH 44022


  • Brian Skoog, tenor
  • Dorota Sobieska, soprano
  • Jacek Sobieski, piano

Free and open to the public.
Free-will donations gratefully accepted.