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Sting: First Dowland, Now Schumann

Not long after his commercial success with the music of John Dowland, Sting explores Robert Schumann's music for a good cause.

sting performing

Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Sting is now exploring the music of composer Robert Schumann.

Remember the commercial success that Sting was able to achieve with his recording of John Dowland songs? (A genuine exploration, if not total immersion, in a completely new world for an artist known by a single name and for his own particular brand of music.)

Traveling back to the 19th Century and the world of Robert Schumann

Sting has gone back in time once again and to the world of Robert and Clara Schumann.

Inspired by the love letters shared between the Schumann’s, Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, have created a video to tell Robert Schumann‘s story. The collaboration includes other musicians, opera singers, and British actor Derek Jacobi as narrator.

Entitled “Twin Spirits,” the video will come out soon on DVD. Proceeds will go to the Royal Opera House Education Programme.

Sting also hopes to raise awareness and audience numbers for opera, in general, as well as attempt to remove the stigma that opera is only for the affluent.

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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  • Mischmisch

    Sting singing Schumann while accompanying himself on the bass guitar (as seen on above picture), well, that could be exciting indeed!!! By the way, I'm absolutely no fan of his Dowland interpretation… The Police on the other hand is definitely among my all time favorites…

  • Mischmisch

    Sting singing Schumann while accompanying himself on the bass guitar (as seen on above picture), well, that could be exciting indeed!!! By the way, I'm absolutely no fan of his Dowland interpretation… The Police on the other hand is definitely among my all time favorites…

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