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ZürichDas Land des Lächelns

Das Land des Lächelns
Lehár: The Land of Smiles (Das Land des Lächelns), operetta
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Piotr Beczała; Julia Kleiter

ZürichLa forza del destinoNew Production

Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Verdi: La forza del destino
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Hartmut Meyer; Mechthild Seipel; Hibla Gerzmava; George Petean

ZürichL'incoronazione di PoppeaNew Production

L'incoronazione di Poppea
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Ottavio Dantone; Calixto Bieito; Zurich Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Jake Arditti; Valer Sabadus

ZürichCarmen

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
Eun Sun Kim; Matthias Hartmann; Zurich Opera; Volker Hintermeier; Su Bühler; Varduhi Abrahamyan; Dmytro Popov

ZürichLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Fabio Luisi; David Hermann; Zurich Opera; Christof Hetzer; Ailyn Pérez; Benjamin Bernheim
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Twist of Fate: Gerzmava shines in botched Zurich Forza

Christof Fischesser, George Petean (Carlo), Hibla Gerzmava (Leonora) and Marcelo Puente (Alvaro) © Monika Rittershaus
Musically, a rewarding Forza, but Homoki's staging is best forgotten.
***11
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David Alden's new Maria Stuarda disappoints in Zurich

Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Gaetano Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda is perhaps most famous for a single and highly emotional scene in which two monarchs engage in a venomous confrontation. One is doomed to die. 
***11
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Holliger’s new Lunea: pages from a poet’s Life

Christian Gerhaher (Lenau) © Paul Leclaire
Heinz Holliger’s Lunea, which recently premiered at the Zurich Opera House, is “not an opera”, or so the ground-breaking Swiss composer contends.
****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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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.
***11
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