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Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

By , 09 December 2018
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Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

Mom’s a hooker, Santa’s the witch: Hansel and Gretel reloaded in Zurich

By , 18 November 2018
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Andrei Bondarenko (Guglielmo), Ruzan Mantashyan (Fiordiligi) and Francesco Guglielmino (“Sempronio”) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Sensuality and solidarity in Serebrennikov's new Così fan tutte in Zurich

By , 08 November 2018
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Dancers of the Zurich Ballet in Spuck's Winterreise © Gregory Bartadon
Zürich

On longing and abandonment: Spuck’s Winterreise premieres in Zurich

By , 18 October 2018
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John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

By , 23 September 2018
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Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Monteverdi’s Poppea in Zurich: metaphor for the modern world

By , 24 June 2018
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Viktorina Kapitonova (Odette) © Carlos Quezada
Zürich

Kapitonova enchants in Ratmansky's Zurich Swan Lake

By , 03 June 2018
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Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Twist of Fate: Hibla Gerzmava shines in botched Forza in Zurich

By , 02 June 2018
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Michelle Willems (Gretchen) and Jan Casier (Faust) © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

An ambitious undertaking: world première of Edward Clug's Faust in Zurich

By , 28 April 2018
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Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Defiling the throne: David Alden's cumbersome Maria Stuarda disappoints in Zurich

By , 11 April 2018
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Katja Wunsche and artists of the Zurich Ballet in Clug's Sacre © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Choreographers Marco Goecke and Edward Clug reinvent Stravinsky

By , 14 March 2018
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Christian Gerhaher (Lenau) © Paul Leclaire
Zürich

Heinz Holliger’s new Lunea: pages from a poet’s life

By , 04 March 2018
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Stefan Vinke (Parsifal) and Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Danielle Liniger
Zürich

Enlightenment through compassion: Claus Guth's stellar Parsifal in Zurich

By , 25 February 2018
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Cohen Aitchison-Dugas and Belle Beasley in Portugal's Behind the Mirror © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Ballet in black to pointed parody: Zurich’s junior ensemble takes to the stage

By , 11 February 2018
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Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Minimalistic new production of Idomeneo in Zurich

By , 04 February 2018
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Wei Chen in Leon and Lightfoot's Speak for Yourself © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

A stunning double-bill of ballets by León/Lightfoot and Crystal Pite in Zurich

By , 13 January 2018
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Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Zürich

Simplicity the key to Ted Huffman's new Madama Butterfly in Zurich

By , 10 December 2017
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Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan), Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Christof Fischesser (Rocco) © Toni Suter (2013)
Zürich

Bodies inside a box: a colourless Fidelio in Zurich

By , 03 December 2017
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Annette Dasch (Jenny Hill) © Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

Brecht and Weill’s Mahagonny in Zurich: a tale of excess and depravity

By , 05 November 2017
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Yen Han, Matthew Knight (Clowns) and Willian Moore (Nutcracker) © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

A mix of soap and sweetmeats: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King in Zurich

By , 14 October 2017
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Maxim Mironov (Almaviva) © Toni Suter
Zürich

Neon and cubes in Zurich: a revival of The Barber of Seville

By , 01 October 2017
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Olga Bezsmertna (Tatyana) and Peter Mattei (Onegin) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Wretched fates and quirky staging: Eugene Onegin in Zurich

By , 24 September 2017
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Prince Sou-Chong and his ladies © Toni Suter
Zürich

“Smile despite your sorrows”: Franz Lehár’s valuable lesson in Zurich

By , 29 June 2017
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George Petean (Renato Anckarstroem) © Judith Schlosser
Zürich

Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Zurich: a danse macabre of pallid beauty

By , 07 June 2017
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Yen Han and Jan Casier, disTANZ © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Modern choreography meets the Baroque: A double-bill “Corpus” in Zurich

By , 27 May 2017
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Claire de Sevigne (Angelica, different cast) © Danielle Liniger
Zürich

Effervescent music, unrelenting activity: Haydn’s Orlando Paladino in Zurich

By , 16 May 2017
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Ausrine Stundyte (Renata) and Leigh Melrose (Ruprecht) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Bieito's Fiery Angel burns bright in Zürich

By , 11 May 2017
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L'elisir d'amore © Judith Schlosser (2015)
Zürich

A delightful confection: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Zurich

By , 07 April 2017
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Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Anna Stéphany (Charlotte) © Herwig Prammer
Zürich

Provocation as part of the package: Massenet’s Werther in Zurich

By , 02 April 2017
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Swan Lake © Carlos Quezada (2016)
Zürich

A Swan Lake reconstruction: Ratmanksy's living theatre in Zurich

By , 18 March 2017
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Evelyn Angela Gugolz (Klytaemnestra) and Georg Nigl (Orest) © Judith Schlosser
Zürich

A sizzling myth of matricide: Manfred Trojahn’s Orest in Zurich

By , 26 February 2017
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Anna Khamzina Jan Casier Melissa Ligurgo in Godani's Rituals from Another When © Carlos Quezada
Zürich

Animal instinct, humanity and some serious hustle: a stellar Quintett in Zurich

By , 11 February 2017
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Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Medée) and Ivan Thirion (Oronte) © Toni Suter & Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

A great crime of passion: Médée in Zurich

By , 22 January 2017
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Katja Wünsche (Anna Karenina) and William Moore (Alexej Wronski) © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

A Russian Reality Revisited: A new cast for Anna Karenina in Zürich

By , 15 January 2017
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Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Zürich revives Loy's magnificently entertaining Alcina

By , 02 January 2017
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Francesco Meli, Georg Zeppenfeld, Veronica Simeoni, Giulia Tonelli and William Moore © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Shaking fists at the fates: Christian Spuck's Messa da Requiem in Zurich

By , 03 December 2016
*****
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Nahuel di Pierro (Osmin) © Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

A disconcerting Entführung in Zurich explores the realms of “why not?”

By , 06 November 2016
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Caroline Fischer-Achten as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Zürich

Die Entführung: a semi-staged harmonie in Zurich

By , 17 October 2016
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Julie Fuchs (Susanna) © Judith Schlosser
Zürich

Torments, caprice and folly: a fine Figaro in Zurich

By , 15 October 2016
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Andrei Cozlac and Mélanie Borel in Marco Goecke's Petrushka © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Stravinsky Ballets in Zurich: Petrushka and The Rite of Spring

By , 14 October 2016
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Florian Anderer (Samiel) © Hans Jörg Michel
Zürich

Great singing, but overwrought staging in Zurich's Der Freischütz

By , 13 October 2016
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© Bettina Stöss
Zürich

Footprints XII in Zurich: Today’s choreography, tomorrow’s dancers

By , 02 July 2016
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Pretty Yende (Elvira) and Michele Pertusi (Giorgio) © Judith Schlosser
Zürich

An alignment of love and madness: Bellini’s I puritani in Zurich

By , 29 June 2016
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Elliot Madore (Guglielmo) and Anna Stéphany (Dorabella) © Judith Schlosser (2014)
Zürich

No fuss, no frills: a refreshing Così fan tutte in Zurich

By , 03 June 2016
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Viktorina Kapitonova (Olimpia) and Matthew Knight (Nathanael) © Judith Schlosser
Zürich

Serving dark powers and evil games: Spuck’s Der Sandmann in Zurich

By , 28 May 2016
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Orlando © Suzanne Schwiertz
Zürich

On love and the realms of woe: Jens-Daniel Herzog’s Orlando in Zurich

By , 13 May 2016
****1
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Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) and Corinne Winters (Mélisande) © Toni Suter
Zürich

Manifestations of trauma: Tcherniakov's Pelléas et Mélisande in Zurich

By , 08 May 2016
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Tars Venderbeek (Paris) and Katja Wünsche (Juliet) © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

The pulp of great fiction: Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet in Zurich

By , 16 April 2016
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Markus Brück (Macbeth) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Ravens of misfortune: Barrie Kosky's innovative Macbeth opens in Zurich

By , 03 April 2016
*****
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King Arthur at Zurich Oper © Hans Jörg Michel
Zürich

Truth or Illusion? Purcell’s King Arthur resounds in Zurich

By , 27 February 2016
***11
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