Surreal classic for soprano

Rare opportunity: Madeleine Pierard will perform the classic Pierrot Lunaire with Stroma in Wellington next month.
Rare opportunity: Madeleine Pierard will perform the classic Pierrot Lunaire with Stroma in Wellington next month.

Jazz diva Cleo Laine did it in 1974 and Bjork in 1996 and now New Zealand's Madeleine Pierard will perform Arnold Schoenberg's chilling surreal classic Pierrot Lunaire.

The soprano will perform the work - last performed in New Zealand 20 years ago - with Wellington's contemporary chamber ensemble Stroma, conducted by Hamish McKeich.

Pierrot Lunaire is based on 21 poems by Belgian writer Albert Giraud and traditionally sung by a soprano.

Pierrot sings of love, sex, religion, violence, crime and blasphemy, before singing of his return home to Bergamo with his past haunting him.

The concert is at the Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, on November 25.

This year marks a century since the work premiered in Berlin.

The Dominion Post