Guide to Zurich Opera

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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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ZürichEugene OneginNew Production

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Stanislav Kochanovsky; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Peter Mattei; Olga Bezsmertna

ZürichDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Karina Canellakis; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Elsa Dreisig; Sen Guo

ZürichSalome

Strauss R.: Salome
Ulf Schirmer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Catherine Naglestad; Doris Soffel

ZürichIl barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Enrique Mazzola; Cesare Lievi; Zurich Opera; Mario Botta; Marina Luxardo; Lawrence Brownlee; Elizabeth DeShong

ZürichHäuptling Abendwind

Offenbach: Evening Breeze, or the Horrible Feast
Thomas Barthel; Rüdiger Burbach; Zurich Opera; Anja Furthmann
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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.
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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.
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Bieito's Fiery Angel burns bright in Zürich

A powerful and emotional staging by Bieito with five-star performances from both leads.  
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Vaudeville and validation in Ravel double bill

In the nearby city of Winterthur, Zurich’s fine International Opera Studio (IOS) recently premiered two short operas by Maurice Ravel, a flashy L’Heure espagnole and a lyrical L’Enfant et les sortilèges.
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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.