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Performer: Martin Zysset

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ZürichWerther

© Herwig Prammer
Massenet: Werther
Giedrė Šlekytė; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Charles Castronovo; Stéphanie d'Oustrac

ZürichEugene Onegin

© Monika Rittershaus
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Kirill Karabits; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Gelena Gaskarova; Deniz Uzun

ZürichMadama Butterfly

© T+T / Toni Suter
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Marco Armiliato; Ted Huffman; Zurich Opera; Michael Levine; Annemarie Woods; Ana María Martínez; Saimir Pirgu
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Die Csárdásfürstin in Zürich: acerbic wit and winning music

Annette Dasch (Sylva) © Toni Suter
Kálmán's operetta brilliantly updated to the super-rich of today, with starry singing from Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik.
****1
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On the plague of eternal life: a new Makropulos Affair in Zurich

Evelyn Herlitzius (Emilia Marty) © Monika Rittershaus
To outwit death and attain immortality is a dream as old as human history. But isn’t it precisely the finite nature of life that makes it so precious?
***11
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Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti's “anti-anti opera” opens in Zurich in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca. 
****1
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Simplicity the key to new Butterfly in Zurich

Svetlana Aksenova (Cio-Cio-San) © Toni Suter | T+T Fotografie
Apparently, the composer himself was a notorious cheater, we can assume that some of the unsavoury themes of his 1904 opera “Madame Butterfly” were close to the bone.
****1
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Wretched fates and quirky staging: Eugene Onegin in Zurich

Olga Bezsmertna (Tatyana) and Peter Mattei (Onegin) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s atypically conservative production of the Russian classic was marked by musical direction and vocal performances of the highest order.
****1
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Effervescent music, unrelenting activity: Haydn’s Orlando Paladino in Zurich

Claire de Sevigne (Angelica, different cast) © Danielle Liniger
Joseph Haydn’s opera Orlando Paladino was once cited as “a mixed salad of madness, mayhem and true love”. A recent revival in Zurich supports that assessment.
***11
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