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Hogarth, Samuel: Zwerg Nase (Little Long-Nose) (2013) 85'
Children's opera in a prologue, 5 scenes and an epilogue

Music Text


Libretto by Wolfgang Willaschek, based on the fairytale by Wilhelm Hauff (G)


1(=picc).0.1(=bcl).1- BD/susp.cym/tam-t(med)/5tom-t/tgl/whip/2wdbl/tamb/glsp/xyl-harp-pft(=cel)-2vln.vla.vlc; On-stage: whistle/bell

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World Premiere

Staatsoper, opera stabile, Hamburg
Nicola Panzer, director / Hamburgische Staatsoper (Opera piccola) / Benjamin Gordon

Repertoire Note


Samuel Hogarth created this full-length piece in 2014 for the Staatsoper Hamburg. In the framework plot, the librettist Wolfgang Willaschek combined the fairy tale after Wilhelm Hauff with the reality of today’s life. Children, young people, and adults appear together on the stage when Jacob is transformed by the evil witch into Little Longnose while playing a computer game. With the help of the goose Mimi, he experiences many adventures. "There is so much magic in the story," says Samuel Hogarth, "but it also has to do with growing up: on one day, Jacob still a child, then suddenly he must make his own way. My music disavows neither my jazz roots nor my practical operatic experience with composers such as Richard Strauss and Janácek."

Press Quotes

"Hogarth has created a very carefully planned number opera with episodes that never flag, and retain their musical character and interest unerringly. It was written for the forces that performed it … German companies dearly have their eye not just on audiences but also on performers of the future." (Opera Now)

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