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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Zürich

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ZürichYoung Choreographers

Ballett Zürich

ZürichLa forza del destinoNew Production

Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Verdi: La forza del destino
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Hartmut Meyer; Mechthild Seipel; Hibla Gerzmava; George Petean

ZürichLiederabend: Elena Moşuc

Liederabend: Elena Moşuc
Enescu, Chausson, Debussy, Fauré, Verdi
Elena Moşuc; Enrico Maria Cacciari

ZürichDas Land des Lächelns

Das Land des Lächelns
Lehár: The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns), operetta
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Piotr Beczała; Julia Kleiter
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Kapitonova enchants in Ratmansky's Swan Lake

Viktorina Kapitonova (Odette) © Carlos Quezada
Ratmansky's staging is more than a reconstruction. It's a staging that's moving and joyful in its own right.
****1
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Twist of Fate: Gerzmava shines in botched Zurich Forza

Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Musically, a rewarding Forza, but Homoki's staging is best forgotten.
***11
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World première of Edward Clug's Faust in Zurich

Michelle Willems (Gretchen) and Jan Casier (Faust) © Gregory Batardon
Edward Clug’s choreography is consistently imaginative and powerful, and exceptionally ambitious in the case of “Faust”, which recently celebrated its world première in Zurich. 
****1
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A polyphonic paradise: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at the Tonhalle Maag

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
Sir Simon Rattle conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s last completed symphony, the enigmatic Ninth Symphony.  
***11
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