The Wizard of OzKids eventNew Production

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
2016 November 19 17:00, November 27 11:00, December 04 14:00, December 10 11:00, December 26 14:00, December 31 11:00, 2017 January 02 11:00, January 21 11:00, January 27 18:00, January 29 11:00, February 05 14:00
Valtinoni, Pierangelo (b. 1959)Der Zauberer von Oz (The Wizard of Oz)
Zurich Opera
Kristiina PoskaConductor
Floris VisserDirector
Gideon DaveySet Designer, Costume Designer
Deanna BreiwickSopranoDorothy2016 Nov 19, 27 mat, Dec 04 mat, 10 mat
Rebeca OlveraSopranoDorothy2016 Dec 26 mat, 31 mat, 2017 Jan 02 mat, 21 mat, 27, 29 mat, Feb 05 mat
Iain MilneTenorDie Vogelscheuche (The Scarecrow)
Cheyne DavidsonBaritoneDer Blechmann (The Tin Man)
Reinhard MayrBassDer feige Löwe (The Cowardly Lion)
Hamida KristoffersenSopranoDie gute Hexe des Nordens/ Die gute Hexe des Südens (The Good Witch of the North/South)
Irène FriedliSopranoDie böse Hexe des Westens (The Wicked Witch of the West)
Daniel HajduActorDer Zauberer von Oz (The Wizard of Oz)
Philharmonia Zürich
Kinderchor der Oper Zürich

Fairy tale opera for children from the age of six, based on the fairy tale «The Wizard of Oz» by Lyman Frank Baum
Libretto by Paolo Madron, German version by Hanna Francesconi, work commissioned by Zurich Opera House

Every year in the run-up to Christmas, they glitter on various television channels – and reawaken the child in every adult: Dorothy’s fantastic, magical shoes. The famous screen adaptation of the fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz, with Judy Garland as the plucky Dorothy and her lively little dog Toto, has made the hearts of generations of children beat faster. The adventures of the farm girl from Kansas who grows up with her uncle and aunt begin the moment a dangerous tornado sweeps over the farm and carries off the house, together with Dorothy and her dog, to the far-off land of the Munchkins. The house falls onto the Wicked Witch of the West, of all people, thus triggering a series of fantastical events. Admittedly, the Wicked Witch of the East’s red shoes lend Dorothy magical powers, but she also has to pass the most gruelling of tests. But Dorothy is not alone: on her journey, she encounters a scarecrow whose dearest wish is to be given a real brain rather than merely having a head full of straw. The pair also encounters a rusty tin man who would like to have a heart. Another travelling companion is a lion, who has a powerful roar, but otherwise believes he is very cowardly. Together, they set off to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City, who is supposed to help Dorothy find her way home. They are repeatedly threatened by the Wicked Witch of the West, and even the powerful Wizard of Oz ultimately turns out to be a fraud: his spells have no effect. But time and again, the travelling quartet, including the little dog, prove that they have kind hearts, intelligence and courage, and ultimately survive all their adventures with bravura.

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