July 30th through August 6th, 2020


DER ZWERG in Corona Times

When the question first arose whether DER ZWERG could take place this year, my spontaneous reaction was quick and definitive: of course! We’ll find formats, technical solutions, new channels, new partners, and new helpers, to bring Lieder to our audience in 2020. We won’t cancel!

And that’s just what has happened. We’re thrilled that SWR and Deutschlandfunk have come on board, the Junge Bühne Sindelfingen offers great expertise in all things streaming, and the Kinderfilmakademie will film the concerts at the highest level. Our sponsors and many helpers continue to support us, and the city of Sindelfingen stands firmly behind us. The artists, too, are prepared to explore new ways to continue making music and reaching their audiences. I’m unbelievably thankful for them all!

Of course, safety is our top priority. This year’s concept enables our concerts to be experienced both physically in the space, and virtually over the internet. In accordance with necessary safety regulations, around 40 audience members per concert will have the opportunity to experience the events live at Odeon. On site, we will adhere to required distance and sanitation regulations. Viewers not physically present will be able to stream concerts at www.derzwergfestival.de.

Thank you for your support!

Johannes Held


Thu. July 30th

7:30 pm (CET)
1:30 pm (EST)

Shall I tell you ANOTHER story?

A journey full of longing and sensuality through the turn of the century, sprinkled with precious and beautiful rarities of English and German late Romanticism.

Sarah Wegener, soprano
Doriana Tchakarova, piano

Sat. August 1st

7:30 pm (CET)
1:30 pm (EST)

"Italienisches Liederbuch"

Hugo Wolf’s myriad of Lieder, partly sensitive and partly grotesque, impart both the happy and unhappy aspects of relationships between lovers.

Silvia Hauer, mezzo-soprano
Johannes Held, baritone
Pauliina Tukiainen, piano

Sat. August 1st

10:00 pm (CET)
4:00 pm (EST)

Echoes of a Winter Journey

Pianist Paul Hankinson presents an hour of music to incite dreaming and contemplation – inspired by Schubert.

Paul Hankinson, piano

Sun. August 2nd

5:00 pm (CET)
11:00 am (EST)


Join Johannes Held for an hour of listening to records. The focus: singer Gerard Souzay. Free admission!

Johannes Held, host

Tue. August 4th

7:30 pm (CET)
1:30 pm (EST)

And You Sing

Pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula presents Schumann’s great Fantasie in C in Sindelfingen, inspired by Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte. He and Johannes Held also play Schumann’s Dichterliebe as well as lieder from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula, piano
Johannes Held, baritone

Wed. August 5th

7:30 pm (CET)
1:30 pm (EST)

The Lotus Flower; That Blushing Bride...

An outstanding young singer at ZWERG: after success at the International Hugo Wolf Academy Stuttgart Lied competition, emerging artist Anna Avdalyan joins Marcelo Amaral to present lieder by Schumann, Schubert and Wolf.

Anna Avdalyan, soprano
Marcelo Amaral, piano

Thu. August 6th

7:30 pm (CET)
1:30 pm (EST)

Transfigured Night

Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” (Songs of a Wayfarer), songs from Brecht’s “Dreigroschenoper” (Three-penny Opera), and Schönberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” (Transfigured Night), arranged for piano trio: a program of contrast for the final evening of ZWERG 2020.

Das Morgenstern Trio
Catherine Klipfel, piano
Stefan Hempel, violin
Emanuel Wehse, cello
Johannes Held, baritone

Welcome Address from Helmut Deutsch

In these confusing times, where culture has effectively come to a halt in so many places, Johannes Held has managed to continue fostering interesting and highly varied programs for the festival Der ZWERG. This year offers: a platform for young artists at the start of promising careers, well-known repertoire in new chamber arrangements, a retrospective hour on the wonderful French Lied singer Gerard Souzay, Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian songbook) — self-assessed by composer Hugo Wolf as his best work — and more.

I wish the festival and its director much success, and the audience enjoyable, touching evenings.

Helmut Deutsch
Vienna, May 2020

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