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Der Zwerg (The Dwarf)

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone
Performers
Dutch National Opera
Lorenzo ViottiConductor
Nanouk LeopoldDirector
Leopold EmmenSet Designer
Wojciech DziedzicCostume Designer
James FarncombeLighting Designer
Lenneke RuitenSopranoDonna Clara
Derek WeltonBassDon Estoban
Clay HilleyTenorThe Dwarf
Annette DaschSopranoGhita
Julietta AleksanyanSopranoFirst Maid
Inna DemenkovaSopranoSecond Maid
Maya GourMezzo-sopranoThird Maid
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Chorus of Dutch National Opera

Der Zwerg, composed in 1922, is perhaps Zemlinsky’s best-known and most powerful opera. The story is an adaptation of a tale by Oscar Wilde and takes place at the birthday party of the Spanish crown princess, who receives a very special present: a little person, who is intended to cheer her up. To the guests’ surprise and amusement, the little man is completely unaware of his small stature; he also possesses a beautiful singing voice, which moves everyone who hears it. It is clear that there is the potential for feelings to develop between the princess and the little man, but what chance do these two have in a world where appearance is everything?

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