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Die OdysseeKids eventWorld premiere

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Sunday 28 November 202114:00
Saturday 04 December 202111:00
Tuesday 07 December 202111:00
Saturday 11 December 202111:00
Wednesday 15 December 202111:00
Thursday 16 December 202111:00
Sunday 26 December 202114:00
Saturday 08 January 202218:00
Sunday 16 January 202214:00
Programme
Evers, Leonard (b. 1985)Die OdysseeLibretto by Pamela Dürr after Homer’s "Odyssey"
Performers
Zurich Opera
Eduardo StrausserConductor
Ann-Katrin StöckerConductor
Rainer HolzapfelDirector
David HohmannSet Designer
Lisa BrzonkallaCostume Designer
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Fabio DietscheDramaturgy
Ruben DroleBaritoneOdysseusNov 13, Dec 07 mat, 16 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 08, 16 mat
Andrew MooreBassOdysseusNov 21 mat, 28 mat, Dec 04 mat, 11 mat, 15 mat
Deniz UzunMezzo-sopranoPenélopeNov 13, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 15 mat, 16 mat, 2022 Jan mat
Siena Licht MillerMezzo-sopranoPenélopeNov 21 mat, 28 mat, Dec 11 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 08
Andrew OwensTenorTelémachosNov 13, 28 mat, Dec 15 mat, 16 mat, 2022 Jan 08
Nathan HallerTenorTelémachosNov 21 mat, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 11 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 16 mat
Irène FriedliSopranoEurykleiaNov 13, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 11 mat, 16 mat, 2022 Jan mat
Liliana NikiteanuMezzo-sopranoEurykleiaNov 21 mat, 28 mat, Dec 15 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 08
Ziyi DaiSopranoAtheneNov 13, 21 mat, Dec 15 mat, 16 mat, 26 mat
Tatjana SchneiderSopranoAtheneNov 28 mat, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 11 mat, 2022 Jan 08, 16 mat
Barnaby ReaBassPoseidonNov 13, 28 mat, Dec 11 mat, 16 mat, 2022 Jan 08
Alexander FritzeBassPoseidonNov 21 mat, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 15 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 16 mat
Thomas ErlankTenorElpénorNov 13, 28 mat, Dec 07 mat, 11 mat, 15 mat, 26 mat
Rafael Alejandro Del Angel GarciaTenorElpénorNov 21 mat, Dec 04 mat, 16 mat, 2022 Jan 08, 16 mat
Valeriy MurgaBassEurylochosNov 13, 28 mat, Dec 07 mat, 11 mat, 15 mat, 26 mat
Cheyne DavidsonBaritoneEurylochosNov 21 mat, Dec 04 mat, 16 mat, 2022 Jan 08, 16 mat
Unnsteinn ÀrnasonBassPolyphem, AchillesNov 13, Dec 15 mat, 16 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 08, 16 mat
Oleg DavydofBassPolyphem, AchillesNov 21 mat, 28 mat, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 11 mat
Erica PetrocelliSopranoKirke, KalypsoNov 21 mat, 28 mat, Dec 04 mat, 07 mat, 11 mat, 2022 Jan 16 mat
Chelsea ZurflühSopranoKirke, KalypsoNov 13, Dec 15 mat, 16 mat, 26 mat, 2022 Jan 08
Philharmonia Zürich

After the end of the Trojan War, Odysseus makes his way homewards to Ithaca. The goddess Athena bids the victorious hero a speedy voyage. But Poseidon, the god of the seas, doesn’t want to see Odysseus and his companions make the trip so quickly – and sends them on a journey brimming with adventure. It ends up taking Odysseus ten whole years to finally make his way back to his wife Penelope and son Telemachus. On his odyssey across the Mediterranean, his ship is tossed and turned by wind and waves, and he lands repeatedly on unknown shores. Untold dangers and temptations – among them the enchantingly beautiful shores of the land of the Lotus Eaters – await the voyagers on their journey home. They must outwit the giant cyclops Polyphemus and the powerful sorceress Circe, who changes Odysseus’ companions into pigs and shows him the way to the Underworld, where his dead mother awaits him. Temptations and storms also await on the seas: the sirens try to lure Odysseus with their seductive song, hoping to destroy his ship. And the crew faces near-certain death between the twin horrors of Scylla and Charybdis. When the hungry crew members feast on a herd of cattle that belongs to Helios, the sun god, the angry deities prolong their journey once again. Stranded on Calypso’s paradisical island, Odysseus nearly forgets that he’s trying to find his way home.

Homer’s Odyssey is one of our oldest stories, captivating young and old alike for millennia. Which is why we commissioned an opera, complete with a brand new libretto, that’s designed for the whole family. The music is by the young Dutch composer Leonard Evers, whose chamber opera Gold! has already found success with young audiences. German stage director Rainer Holzapfel makes his debut at the Opernhaus Zürich, taking on the challenge of turning the Opernhaus stage into the scene of a stormy odyssey.

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