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(Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg). Ten. Unaware of his own deformity, the Dwarf (der Zwerg of the opera's title) has been given as a present to the Infanta, Donna Clara, on her birthday. They become playmates and he falls in love with her. She gives him a white rose, but her love for him is simply childlike. He dislodges a curtain covering a mirror in the palace and sees his own reflection for the first time. Horrified, he begs Clara's assurance that this is not truly his appearance. Cruelly, she tells him she will continue to play with him, but not as a human, only as the animal she considers him to be. Heartbroken, and clutching the white rose, he dies. Created (1922) by Karl Schröder.

Subjects: Opera.

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