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Guide to Zurich Opera

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Andreas Homoki © Toni Suter + Tanja Dorendorf

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
February 2018
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ZürichIdomeneoNew Production

Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Giovanni Antonini; Jetske Mijnssen; Zurich Opera; Gideon Davey; Dieuweke van Reij; Joseph Kaiser; Anna Stéphany

ZürichLa scala di seta

La scala di seta
Rossini: La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder)
Ottavio Dantone; Damiano Michieletto; Zurich Opera; Paolo Fantin; Sen Guo; Deniz Uzun


Wagner: Parsifal
Simone Young; Claus Guth; Zurich Opera; Christian Schmidt; Brandon Jovanovich; Nina Stemme; Levente Molnár

ZürichLuneaNew Production

Holliger: Lunea
Heinz Holliger; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Christian Gerhaher; Juliane Banse

ZürichDer fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)

Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Markus Poschner; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Sir Bryn Terfel; Camilla Nylund

ZürichHäuptling Abendwind

Offenbach: Evening Breeze, or the Horrible Feast
Thomas Barthel; Rüdiger Burbach; Zurich Opera; Anja Furthmann
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Minimalistic new production of Idomeneo in Zurich

Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
In Jetske Mijnssen’s new production of Idomeneo, all order of human entanglements, sorrows and pain run rampant.
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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.
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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.
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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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Neon and cubes in Zurich

Maxim Mironov (Almaviva) © Toni Suter
Questionable identities, clandestine messages, love and money are the stuffs of Gioacchino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, revived again in Zurich.
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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.
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Myth, magic and sacrifice: the new season in Zurich

Zürich Opernhaus © Dominic Büttner
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.