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CoralineNew production

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
November 16 17:00, November 24 14:00, November 29 10:30, December 01 14:00, December 10 10:30, December 13 10:30, December 14 11:00, 2020 January 02 14:00, February 01 11:00, February 08 11:00, February 16 14:00, February 29 11:00, April 17 19:00, April 26 14:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Ann-Katrin StöckerConductor
Nina RussiDirector
Stefan RieckhoffSet Designer, Costume Designer
Deanna BreiwickSopranoCoralineNov 16, 24 mat, 29 mat, Dec 01 mat, 2020 Apr 17, 26 mat
Sandra HamaouiSopranoCoralineDec 10 mat, 13 mat, 14 mat, 2020 Jan 02 mat, Feb 01 mat, 08 mat, 16 mat, 29 mat
Irène FriedliSopranoMother/Other MotherNov 16, 29 mat, Dec 10 mat, 13 mat, 2020 Jan 02 mat, Feb 16 mat, 29 mat
Judith SchmidMezzo-sopranoMother/Other MotherNov 24 mat, Dec 01 mat, 14 mat, 2020 Feb 01 mat, 08 mat, Apr 17, 26 mat
Robin AdamsBaritoneFather/Other FatherNov 16, 29 mat, Dec 01 mat, 13 mat, 2020 Jan 02 mat, Feb 01 mat, 08 mat, 16 mat, 29 mat
Ronan CollettBaritoneFather/Other FatherNov 24 mat, Dec 10 mat, 14 mat, 2020 Apr 17, 26 mat
Sen GuoSopranoMiss Spink
Liliana NikiteanuMezzo-sopranoMiss ForcibleNov 16, 24 mat, 29 mat, Dec 01 mat, 14 mat, 2020 Feb 01 mat, 08 mat, 16 mat, 29 mat, Apr 17, 26 mat
Katia LedouxContraltoMiss ForcibleDec 10 mat, 13 mat, 2020 Jan 02 mat
Iain MilneTenorMr BoboNov 16, 29 mat, Dec 01 mat, 10 mat, 13 mat, 14 mat, 2020 Jan 02 mat, Apr 17, 26 mat
Spencer LangTenorMr BoboNov 24 mat, 2020 Feb 01 mat, 08 mat, 16 mat, 29 mat
Yulia ZasimovaSopranoGhost Child 1
Luca BernardBassGhost Child 2
Kim Jungrae NoahBaritoneGhost Child 3
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Fabio DietscheDramaturgy
Philharmonia Zürich

What child doesn’t sometimes dream of discovering a hidden door behind which a magical, completely different world is revealed? Coraline Jones has just moved into an old, mysterious house with her parents. Mother and Father Jones are very busy and hardly have any time for their daughter. A bored Coraline starts to explore her new home. First, she meets her neighbours, who are quirky, to say the least: Mr Bobo conducts a chaotic orchestra of mice, which he has perform for Coraline. Two aging divas predict the girl’s future in her tea leaves – and warn her of great danger! Coraline then discovers a mysterious door, musters all her courage, and crawls through it. At first glance, the otherworld in which she ends up seems very familiar: in fact, everything is just as it is at home, except that Coraline’s parents are suddenly terribly nice, cook delicious meals and are prepared to fulfil her every wish. There is one condition, however: to stay here for ever, Coraline would have to swap her eyes for two buttons…

The family opera by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage is based on the eponymous story by Neil Gaiman, of which there is already a very successful film version. It tells the story of a courageous young girl whose unusual name shows that everything is not always as it seems. Coraline’s fantastical and sinister experiences are reminiscent of literary classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland or E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman, yet tell a very modern coming-of-age story: faced with her seductive “other” parents, Coraline has to recognise that in a world in which every wish comes true she would lose not only her eyes, but also her ego. Nina Russi, who most recently staged Die Gänsemagd and Gold!for children at Zurich Opera House, will be directing, with Ann-Katrin Stöcker at the rostrum.

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