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ZEMLINKSY, A. von: Zwerg (Der) [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2018)

Der Zwerg, Op. 17
Composer: Zemlinsky, Alexander von
Librettist/Text Author: Klaren, Georg C.
Conductor: Runnicles, Donald
Orchestra: Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Bines, Jeremy

Alexander von Zemlinsky: Nikiforov, Evgeny
Alma Schindler: Eslinger-Runnicles, Adelle
Companion: Greiner, Margarita
Companion: Hager, Kristina
Companion: Park, So-Young
Don Esteban: Jekal, Philipp
Donna Clara: Tsallagova, Elena
Ghita: Magee, Emily
Maid: Fasquelle, Amber
Maid: Stucki, Flurina
Maid: Vaahtoluoto, Maiju
The Dwarf: Mehnert, Mick Morris
The Dwarf: Philip, David Butt

Set Designer: Sellmaier, Rainer
Costume Designer: Sellmaier, Rainer
Lighting Designer: Woinke, Stefan
Stage Director: Kratzer, Tobias

Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene (Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene), Op. 34
Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
Conductor: Runnicles, Donald
Orchestra: Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra

Piano: Eslinger-Runnicles, Adelle
Piano: Nikiforov, Evgeny

Television Director: Filenius, Gotz

Date of Production: 2018
Venue: Deutsche Oper Berlin
Playing Time: 01:36:06
Catalogue Number: 2.110657
UPC: 747313558452

Based on Oscar Wilde's story The Birthday of the Infanta Zemlinky's single-act opera Der Zwerg is the tragic tale of a dwarf who is presented at court, falls in love with the beautiful Donna Clara, but is ultimately forced to see himself as others see him and to die of a broken heart. Preceded by Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34, Zemlinsky's Romantic score is full of psychological intrigue. Is Der Zwerg a critique of society's superficiality? Is it the composer's self-portrait in his doomed affair with Alma Schindler? Director Tobias Kratzer's stunnng, transparent production creates a space in which each character is thrown into sharp relief in this fine, noble and melancholy work' (

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