On the occasion of the publication's 200th anniversary of the song cycle "Des Knaben Wunderhorn", one of the most celebrated baritones of our time, Thomas Hampson, addresses himself to the folk and art song repertoire of German romanticism at the International Music Festival "Heidelberger Frühling".
This documentary film focuses as well on the acceptance of the Wunderhorn songs today and the possible difficulties that singers have to cope with them. Amongst his activities in lectures and discussion rounds with musicologists, Thomas Hampson leads a master class for singers lasting several days.
The repertoire is a compilation of the participants' own choice, as far as the interpretations elaborate any musical version of the Wunderhorn. Great expectations, curiosity, strain, hard work, disillusionment, and the final moment of relief are the elements to be witnessed by following the students' artistic growth as they struggle as well with their own self perceptions.