Guide to Zurich Opera

Scroll down this page to find out all you need to know about Zurich Opera, read reviews and featured articles, find events and performances and see video clips of previous works...

Strong new season from Zurich Opera

At Zurich Opera, Andreas Homoki, the Intendant since 2012, and Music Director Fabio Luisi have built a strong season, with a range of new productions unveiled for 2017-18
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ZürichRise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny)New Production

Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Fabio Luisi; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Barbara Ehnes; Joki Tewes; Karita Mattila; Annette Dasch

ZürichRonja RäubertochterNew Production

Carrie-Ann Matheson; Marie-Ève Signeyrole; Zurich Opera; Fabien Teigné; Yashi; Philharmonia Zürich; Chorzuzüger der Oper Zürich

ZürichFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Simone Young; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Elza van den Heever; Klaus Florian Vogt

ZürichDer Traum von dirNew Production

Dayer: Der Traum von dir
Michael Richter; Nina Russi; Zurich Opera; Jeannette Seiler

ZürichMadama ButterflyNew Production

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Daniele Rustioni; Ted Huffman; Zurich Opera; Michael Levine; Annemarie Woods; Svetlana Aksenova; Judith Schmid

ZürichLa Fille du régimentNew Production

Donizetti: La Fille du régiment
Speranza Scappucci; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Sabine Devieilhe; Javier Camarena; Pietro Spagnoli; Liliana Nikiteanu
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Mahagonny in Zurich: a tale of excess and depravity

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.
***11
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Neon and cubes in Zurich

Questionable identities, clandestine messages, love and money are the stuffs of Gioacchino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, revived again in Zurich.
***11
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Wretched fates and quirky staging: Eugene Onegin in Zurich

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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“Smile despite your sorrows”: Franz Lehár’s valuable lesson in Zurich

In a new production of Franz Lehár’s The Land of Smiles, the stoic Sou-Chong sets the melancholy tone of the operetta by singing “Smile despite your sorrows and a thousand.. aches and pains”.
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Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Zurich: a danse macabre of pallid beauty

That both the lead and a second key role were ill and couldn’t sing did not bode well, yet this performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera shook up the house nonetheless.
****1
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Effervescent music, unrelenting activity: Haydn’s Orlando Paladino in Zurich

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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Myth, magic and sacrifice: the new season in Zurich

Zurich Opera and Ballet present seasons packed with new productions of dark works that are dominated by myth, magic or sacrifice. From Greek myth to magic bullets to giving up the one you love, it’s a powerful season destined to move Swiss audiences.