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Work: Eine Florentinische Tragödie (A Florentine Tragedy) Op.16

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ComposerZemlinsky, Alexander von (1871-1942)
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini at DNO

Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca) and John Lundgren (Simone) © Matthias Baus
An unlikely coupling of one-act operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini bears fruit in a staging that reveals their thematic parallels while leaving their obvious differences on show.
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Lust, silk and strangulation: A Florentine Tragedy

Lawrence Thackeray (Guido) and Becca Marriott (Bianca) © Lidia Crisafulli
Zemlinsky's dark story of infidelity and murder, from Oscar Wilde's unfinished play, poses a significant musical challenge for both audience and director. 
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Musical drama with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Strauss’ Die Frau Ohne Schatten is perhaps his most problematic opera, in that it contains all that is best and worst in him, to the most maddening degrees.
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