Twin Spirits is a unique and intimate, live theatrical performance by a chamber
ensemble of actors, singers and musicians, portraying the deep and ultimately
tragic love between the composer Robert Schumann and his pianist wife Clara
Wieck. Robert's letters to Clara are read by Sting and his songs sung by Simon
Keenlyside, with accompaniments and instrumental music played by Iain Burnside
and Sergej Krylov. Clara's letters to Robert are read by Trudie Styler and her
songs sung by Rebecca Evans, with accompaniments and instrumental music
played by Natalie Clein and Natasha Paremski. The narrator, Derek Jacobi, links
together the letters and lyrics to complete the essential outline of the story.
Conceived and directed by John Caird, Twin Spirits was first performed in June
2005 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.