Zemlinsky’s Dwarf for small stages

Reading time: 1 min. Alexander Zemlinsky

On 3 May 1921, Alexander Zemlinsky received the following telegram: “have read your opera the dwarf with great enjoyment cologne is prepared to accept sole rights for world premiere would you be prepared to entrust your work to us Klemperer.” Der Zwerg [The Dwarf] received its world première one year later, on 28 May 1922 in Cologne under Otto Klemperer. Following a series of performances, the work vanished from the stage for half a century and only made a triumphant return to concert programmes in 1981, along with A Florentine Tragedy.


Mathias Vidal (c) Opéra de Lille, Frédéric Iovino


Jan Benjamin Homolka’s chamber version of Zemlinsky’s ninety minute one-act opera, adapted from Oscar Wilde’s The Birthday of the Infanta, premières on 16 November at the Opéra de Lille. Franck Ollu conducts Daniel Jeanneteau’s production.

The production will be accompanied by an exhibition titled “Alexander Zemlinsky: The Stranger. Itinerary of a musician at the crossroads of the worlds”

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Der Zwerg



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