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DornröschenNew production

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Tuesday 27 October 202019:00
Thursday 29 October 202019:30
Saturday 31 October 202020:00
Saturday 07 November 202019:00
Sunday 08 November 202020:00
Friday 18 December 202019:00
Sunday 20 December 202020:30
Saturday 26 December 202020:00
Thursday 11 March 202120:24
Sunday 28 March 202120:00

Six fairies were invited to Princess Aurora’s christening, and together, they will in turn gift her all of the good traits she might need. But the evil fairy Carabosse was not invited, and she gets her revenge with a curse: Aurora will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. The good fairy Fliederfee cannot undo the evil fairy’s curse, but she can weaken it. And when a grown-up Aurora does prick her finger, she and all of the castle’s inhabitants fall into a hundred-year sleep, from which only a prince can awaken her.

Dornröschen premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890. Tchaikovsky wrote the music, and Marius Petipa, one of the most important choreographers of his time, brought it to the stage as a ballet. For the storyline, the successful duo drew from the French version of the fairytale written in the 17th century by Charles Perrault. It differs only slightly from the more-familiar version by the Brothers Grimm.

Following on the success of another great Tchaikovsky ballet – the Nutcracker – Christian Spuck takes an ironic, subtle look at the story of the sleeping beauty. He is particularly interested in the fate of the fairy Carabosse. With his proven team of costume designer Buki Shiff and set designer Rufus Didwiszus, Christian Spuck recreates this famous ballet classic in his own personal artistic style.

William Moore (Carabosse) © Gregory Batardon
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