Child prodigy Alma Deutscher premiered her first opera in Vienna, home of The Small Gatsby’s couture clothing label.
Composer, Violinist and Pianist Alma Deutscher composed her full-length opera – Cinderella aged 10 and in December 2016 aged 11 years, Alma’s opera had its world premiere in Vienna’s Casino Baumgarten Concert Hall.
Vienna Statement Brand The Small Gatsby were recently enlisted with dressing Alma for her performance. Alma wore the Princess Sisi of Austria inspired robe from the AW16 collection which had been specially tailored and created to meet the requirements for playing the violin. Leading ladies Designer and Creator, Anita Dorner and Creative Director, Teresa Zimmerman met with Alma during her rehearsals in Vienna to work out the perfect style and fit for Alma.
First appearance on stage.
Alma waiting her cue.
Working the Media- Alma interviewed by the BBC for a documentary and with her father Guy Deutscher during the break, checking some technicalities.
Above- Helen, Alma’s eight-year-old sister who is also a musician, was performing in the Opera and was dressed by The Small Gatsby.
The Final chord!
‘I must admit I was totally stunned. This little whirlwind of a person is incredibly charming and fun to talk to, to work with, and then, after weeks, when it was all done we sat and enjoyed the performance and I was so moved. It simply seemed impossible. How can someone this young create such enchanting, perfect melodies, master such a complex work seemingly effortless? The look on her face, this utmost concentration I tried to capture in the photos alternated with pure glee and pride – watching her was such a treat.’ – Teresa Zimmerman of her experience alongside Anita Dorner of working with Alma and watching Alma perform at her world premiere in December 2016.
The dress, hairstyle and pose – all in resemblance to Princess Elisabeth of Austria!
The End! Second image – interviewed by the BBC.
“The dress has just the right effect: it looks extremely elegant and effortlessly chic, and yet it doesn’t look fussy or too formal. It is comfortable for a child to wear and to play in, and it accentuates a child’s natural beauty. It’s the perfect winter dress for a very special occasion indeed!“ Alma’s mother Janie Steen writes in her thank you note.
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Photography Credits: Teresa Zimmermann.
Creation: Anita Dorner
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