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ZürichManon

© T+T | Toni Suter
Massenet: Manon
Fabio Luisi; Floris Visser; Zurich Opera; Dieuweke van Reij; Vannina Santoni; Ziyi Dai

ZürichIl viaggio a Reims

© Monika Rittershaus
Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims
Riccardo Minasi; Christoph Marthaler; Zurich Opera; Anna Viebrock; Serena Farnocchia; Aleksandra Olczyk

ZürichWerther

© Herwig Prammer
Massenet: Werther
Giedrė Šlekytė; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Charles Castronovo; Stéphanie d'Oustrac
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Fidelio in Zurich: singing fine, but staging, “Nein!”

Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Andreas Schager (Florestan) © Herwig Prammer

In its revival here in Zurich, the soloists and choir of Beethoven's Fidelio give stellar vocal performances. But having done away with any real set, the opera was not without its shortcomings.

**111
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Bartoli fireworks bring down the house in Zurich

Lawrence Brownlee (Don Ramiro) and Cecilia Bartoli (Angelina) © Monika Rittershaus (2015)

Nothing on New Year’s Eve could have been more festive than the spirited production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola that Zurich Opera staged with Cecelia Bartoli in the lead role.

****1
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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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A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s production of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is in keeping with what was long considered one of the early 20th century’s most scandalous works. 
****1
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A colourless Fidelio in Zurich

Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan), Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Christof Fischesser (Rocco) © Toni Suter (2013)
Celebrating a courageous woman who is able to secure the release of her husband from prison, Beethoven’s sole opera Fidelio has music that is more compelling that its plot.
***11
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Great singing, but overwrought staging in Der Freischütz

A feast for the eyes in Zurich, but is the visual stimulation in Herbert Fritsch's production of Der Freischütz just too much?
***11
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