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With Audio description

Der Zwerg - performance cancelled

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871 – 1942)
Fri 21.01.2022 - 19:30 h
C-Prices: € 100,00 / € 82,00 / € 58,00 / € 34,00 / € 24,00

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

As a prologue
Arnold Schönberg (1874 – 1951)
Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene für Orchester op. 34 (1930)

recommended from 14 years on

In German language with German and English surtitles

1 hour 30 mins / no interval

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



Tobias Kratzer

Stage design, Costume design

Rainer Sellmaier

Chorus Director

Jeremy Bines

Donna Clara

Heidi Stober

Der Zwerg (actor)

Mick Morris Mehnert

Don Estoban

Philipp Jekal

Maid 3

Karis Tucker

1st Companion

Stephanie Lloyd

2nd Companion

Kristina Häger

Alma Schindler (Pianist)

Adelle Eslinger-Runnicles

Alexander von Zemlinsky (Pianist)

Evgeny Nikiforov

About the performance

Due to an infection within the ensembles of the production DER ZWERG, the performances have to be cancelled - all ticket buyers will be contacted. We ask for your understanding!

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.



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