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Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg; Ullmann: Der zerbrochene Krug / Conlon

Zemlinsky / Ullmann / Dixon / Johnson / Conlon
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101527  
Composer:  Alexander von ZemlinskyViktor Ullmann
Performer:  Melody MooreElizabeth BishopJames JohnsonSusan Anthony,   ... 
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Opera ChorusLos Angeles Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Alexander Zemlinsky

The Dwarf – Rodrick Dixon
Donna Clara – Mary Dunleavy
Ghita – Susan B. Anthony
Don Estoban – James Johnson
First Maid – Melody Moore
Second Maid – Lauren McNeese
Third Maid – Elizabeth Bishop
First Playmate – Karen Vuong
Second Playmate – Rena Harms

Viktor Ullmann

Adam – James Johnson
Licht – Bonaventura Bottone
Walter – Steven Humes
Frau Marthe Rull – Elizabeth Bishop
Eve – Melody Moore
Veit Tümpel – Jason Stearns
Ruprecht –
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Frau Brigitte – Natasha Flores
First Maid – Rena Harms
Second Maid – Lauren McNeese
A Servant – Ryan McKinny

Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Conlon, conductor

Darko Tresnjak, stage director
Ralph Funicello, set designer
Linda Cho, costume designer
David Weiner, lighting designer
Peggy Hickey, choreographer

Recorded live at the Los Angeles Opera, 2008

The first fully-staged productions of the LA Opera House groundbreaking Recovered Voices project, highlighting the works of composers affected by the Holocaust.

A double bill of one-act operas: Viktor Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug, taken from a comedy by the Romantic German poet Heinrich von Kleist, and Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, based on Oscar Wilde’s powerful tragedy The Birthday of the Infanta.

The music of Alexander Zemlinsky and Viktor Ullmann remained buried for decades in the wake of the destruction wrought by the policies of the Nazi regime. Dozens of composers and thousands of compositions are still largely unknown to musicians and lovers of classical music and opera.

“Full recognition of their works and genius still awaits Alexander Zemlinsky and Viktor Ullmann, more than sixty-five years after their deaths. Their works, in their very different ways, are powerful, vibrant, life-affirming and tragic in turn. They pulsate with the complexity of the human condition. Their lives and personal histories were tragic, but their music transcends it all. It is for us to appreciate their story in its full historic and artistic context.” -- James Conlon

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 122 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Der Zwerg, Op. 17 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  Melody Moore (Soprano), Elizabeth Bishop (Soprano), James Johnson (Baritone),
Susan Anthony (Soprano), Rodrick Dixon (Tenor), Mary Dunleavy (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; Prague, Czech Republ 
Der Zerbrochene Krug, Op. 36 by Viktor Ullmann
Performer:  James Johnson (Baritone), Steven Humes (Bass), Bonaventura Bottone (Tenor),
Elizabeth Bishop (Soprano), Jason Stearns (Baritone), Melody Moore (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Conlon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Opera Chorus,  Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Terezín, Czech Repub 

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