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Performer: Ruben Drole

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ZürichHänsel und Gretel

Hänsel und Gretel
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Paul Daniel; Robert Carsen; Zurich Opera; Michael Richter; Gideon Davey; Deniz Uzun

ZürichDie Zauberflöte

Die Zauberflöte
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Sascha Goetzel; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Mauro Peter; Olga Kulchynska
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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?
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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. 
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Mahagonny in Zurich: a tale of excess and depravity

Annette Dasch (Jenny Hill) © Tanja Dorendorf
The backstory doesn’t bode well: three fugitive criminals decide to found a city that will pander to society’s most vital needs: food, sex, warfare, and alcohol.
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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.
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A refreshing Così fan tutte in Zurich

Elliot Madore (Guglielmo) and Anna Stéphany (Dorabella) © Judith Schlosser (2014)
In Mozart’s marvellous Così fan tutte, what begins as a harmless wager around what women left alone will do suddenly balloons into a major calamity. 
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