25th September

Concert will begin at 18:04 hours GMT

Zemlinsky's 'Der Zwerg' with Hilley, Ruiten, Dasch and Welton from Amsterdam

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Zemlinsky's 'Der Zwerg' is an opera in one act to a libretto by Georg C. Klaren, freely adapted from the short story 'The Birthday of the Infanta' by Oscar Wilde. A sultan has sent a dwarf as a present to the Infanta (Spanish princess) Donna Clara on her birthday. The dwarf is unaware of his physical deformity and becomes infatuated with the Infanta. He sings her a love song and imagines himself her brave knight.

Performers: Lenneke Ruiten: Donna Clara. Annette Dasch: Ghita. Derek Welton: Don Estoban. Clay Hilley: Der Zwerg. Julietta Aleksanyan, Inna Demenkova, Maya Gour: Three maids. Claire Antoine. Tinka Pypker: Girl.

Dutch National Opera Choir. Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lorenzo Viotti.

Recorded 18 September.

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