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Der Zwerg

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871 – 1942)
Sat 30.03.2019 - 19:30 h
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Informationen zum Werk

Opera in one act
Libretto by Georg C. Klaren, based on Oscar Wilde's „The Birthday of the Infanta“
First performed on 28th May, 1922 in Cologne
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24th March, 2019

In German language with German and English surtitles

1 hrs 45 mins / no interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance

Cast

Conductor

Donald Runnicles

Director

Tobias Kratzer

Stage design, Costume design

Rainer Sellmaier

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

Dramaturge

Sebastian Hanusa

Donna Clara

Elena Tsallagova

Der Zwerg (actor)

Mick Morris Mehnert

Don Estoban

Philipp Jekal

1st Companion

N. N.

2nd Companion

N. N.

The Concert Programme

It’s Princess Donna Clara’s 18th birthday and she’s getting showered with presents from all sides, but one gift in particular, from the Turkish Sultan, stands out from the crowd: a real-life dwarf! Amidst all the splendour and beauty the misshapen man attracts her special attention, charming her with his singing and fascinating her all the more for seeming to be blissfully unaware of his physical appearance. The dwarf falls madly in love with the princess and is blind to the coquettish game that she is playing. But then he comes face-to-face with his reflection for the first time in his life. Realising the truth of his situation, he falls down dead. Alexander Zemlinsky’s THE DWARF is based on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale “The Birthday of the Infanta” and received its world premiere in 1922. Following Zemlinsky’s death in 1942 in American exile the work quickly slipped from public awareness, not to be rediscovered until the 1970s. Since then it has been drawing crowds as a subtle, vibrant seismogram of a highly complex and psychological constellation.

Director is Tobias Kratzer, who has worked most recently at houses such as the Theater Bremen, the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and Nuremberg, the Theater Basel, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Oper Frankfurt and is considered one of the most interesting opera directors of the younger generation. His staging of LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN will be presented at the Holland Festival in the summer and his version of TANNHÄUSER airs in Bayreuth in 2019. Komische Oper Berlin audiences were treated to his take on Rameau’s ZOROASTRE in 2017. THE DWARF is Kratzer’s debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

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