Grammy® Award nomination for Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg

Author: NAXOS Audiovisual Division

Naxos' production of Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg from Deutsche Oper Berlin is nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the category Best Opera Recording, Classical.

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Alexander von Zemlinsky
Der Zwerg ('The Dwarf')
As Prologue
Arnold Schoenberg’s
Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34

Donna Clara - Elena Tsallagova, soprano
Ghita - Emily Magee, soprano
Der Zwerg (singer) - David Butt Philip, tenor
Der Zwerg (actor) - Mick Morris Mehnert, actor
Don Estoban - Philipp Jekal, baritone

Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Jeremy Bines, chorus master
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Tobias Kratzer, stage director
Götz Filenius, video director
Filmed on 27 + 30 March 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany

Based on Oscar Wilde’s story "The Birthday of the Infanta", Zemlinsky’s single-act opera Der Zwerg ('The Dwarf') 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 (1930), Zemlinsky’s Romantic score is full of psychological intrigue. Director Tobias Kratzer’s stunning, transparent production creates a space in which each character is thrown into sharp relief in this ‘fine, noble and melancholy work’. (
The production features tenor David Butt Philip as The Dwarf with superb singing; sopranos Elena Tsallagova as heartless Infanta and Emily Magee as Ghita, the only one compassionate member of the court.

2.110657 | NBD00108V
A Naxos production in co-operation with the Deutsche Oper Berlin.



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