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ZürichIl barbiere di Siviglia

© Herwig Prammer
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
George Petrou; Johannes Pölzgutter; Zurich Opera; Aigul Akhmetshina; Alasdair Kent; Konstantin Shushakov; Dean Murphy

ZürichI puritani

© Judith Schlosser
Bellini: I puritani
Daniele Squeo; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Irina Lungu; Lawrence Brownlee

ZürichDon Carlo

© Judith Schlosser
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Sir Mark Elder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marcelo Álvarez
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Technology to the rescue in Zurich's new staging of Boris Godunov

Michael Volle (Boris Godunov) and Spencer Lang (Holy Fool) © Monika Rittershaus

The Zurich Opernhaus tackles the pandemic with an innovative strategy: instead of reducing the size of orchestra and chorus (as many other European opera houses) it removes them from the theatre altogether. 

Hidden identities, crime and shame: Homoki's Forza returns to Zurich

George Petean (Don Carlo) © Monika Rittershaus (2018)

This year’s revival of Andreas Homoki's production features excellent principals, choruses, and sublime orchestration under Fabio Luisi’s seasoned baton. The staging takes far fewer accolades.
***11
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Georges Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles” in Zurich

Les pêcheurs de perles © Susanne Schwiertz
In Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, two men’s vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman. Only one man lives to tell the tale. 
****1
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Enlightenment through compassion: Parsifal in Zurich

Stefan Vinke (Parsifal) and Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Danielle Liniger
Claus Guth’s grandiose production of Parsifal made major headlines in Zurich in 2011. With its new cast of principals, this revival is no less a sensation.
*****
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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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Bellini’s I puritani in Zurich

Andreas Homoki’s new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s I puritani wows with a quartet of stellar vocalists, but its awkward staging and set design are a distinct disappointment.
****1
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