Thursday, March 30, 2023

Love and beauty arrive tomorrow at Auditorium Tenerifer with the opera Der Zwerg (Dwarf) – Diario de Tenerife.

Love and beauty arrive tomorrow at the Auditorium Tenerifer with the opera Der Zwerg (Dwarf)

Tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday you can enjoy this play, which has nine soloists, a female choir and a symphony

The auditorium of Tenerife opens tomorrow [martes 7] Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), by the Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, comes to Spain for the first time with a French co-production. This story of love and beauty can be enjoyed at the Symphony Hall at 7:30 am today, Thursday [día 9] and Saturn [día 11]. Discounts are available for people under 30, students, the unemployed, large families and groups of more than five people.

The proposal, represented in Tenerife, a production between the Opéra de Lille, the Opéra de Rennes, the Fondation Royaumont and the Théâtre de Caen, established the signature of Daniel Jeanneteau as designer and stage director. His team is completed by Marie-Christine Soma in sitting and Olga Karpinsky in wardrobe. For the performances in Tenerife, the number of choir singers has increased, whose costumes are made in a tailor shop in Tenerife with the awareness of the craft of production.

The cast consists of German soprano Mojca Erdmann as Infanta Donna Clara, Bilbao tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as the dwarf, Asturian soprano Beatriz Díaz as lady-in-waiting Ghita and German bass-baritone Philipp Jekal as chamberlain. Don Estoban In addition, in the role of girls, Russian sopranos Nina Solodovnikova and Carmen Mateo from Alicante sing, and Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Ostroukhova also sings. Amici Infanta stars Turkish soprano Ezgi Alhuda and Australian mezzo-soprano Sophie Ardens.

Added to this cast were thirty female voices from the Tenerife-Intermezzo in the main Choir. Symphony Teneraria will put this name to music from the last century with more than 60 musicians under the leadership of the music director of this season, Alessandro Palumbo.

Premiered in 1922, this work is considered the most emblematic of the Austrian composer. His editor, George Klaren, was Alfred Hitchcock’s screenwriter. The play is performed in one act and tells the story of the 18th birthday celebration of the Infanta of Spain, Donna Clara. Among the gifts which he receives, one stands out from the Turkish King: an ugly and ugly dwarf who sings and dances, with whom the little girl enjoys a lot. So much so that he wants to perform just for him.

Dwarf mistakenly thinks she is in love with him. He asks her to kiss her and she rejects him, calling her a monster. Infanta Ghita, his beloved maiden, orders him to hold him in front of a mirror so that he may know his true nature. Due to his humble origins, raised with a family burning coal in a cabin in the woods, the dwarfs do not recognize their image. When he reflects on himself, the child understands that it is impossible to love someone so ugly and unpleasant, and because of that he is his only entertainment.

The discovery of this harsh reality causes the dwarf to have a heart attack and die. When he sees the child lying on the ground, he orders him to get up and dance for him. Ghita realizes what has happened and informs the queen that she cannot be there because she broke the dwarf’s heart. He ordered that, from that time on, no one should enter the palace with the intention of joining the party.

Alexander von Zemlinsky fell in love with his composition student, the famous artist Alma Schindler, the future wife of Gustav Mahler. She initially reciprocated Zemlinsky’s loving feelings, but eventually broke off the relationship, apparently under family pressure. Der Zwerg has been interpreted as a metaphor for Zemlinsky’s relationship with Schindler, which is sometimes referred to as the composer’s deformity.

The Nativity of the Infant is one of the four stories in Oscar Wilde’s story collected in The Punic House of Evil. For this story, the Spanish court writer was inspired by Velázquez.

pera de Tenerife is an initiative of the Insular Cabildo by the Auditorio de Tenerife-, which is sponsored by the Institute of the Canary Islands for the cultural government of the Canary Islands and the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music INAEM of the Government of Spain. .

Tickets can be purchased on the website, at the box office from Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 am, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 am, and by phone by calling 902 317 327 at the same time.

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