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ZürichManonNew production

Manon
Massenet: Manon
Marco Armiliato; Floris Visser; Zurich Opera; Dieuweke van Reij; Elsa Dreisig; Piotr Beczała

ZürichHänsel und GretelNew production

Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Markus Poschner; Robert Carsen; Zurich Opera; Fabio Luisi; Michael Richter; Gideon Davey

ZürichIl turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy)New production

Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy)
Rossini: Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy)
Enrique Mazzola; Jan Philipp Gloger; Zurich Opera; Ben Baur; Karin Jud; Nahuel Di Pierro; Julie Fuchs

ZürichIl barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)New production

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Antonino Fogliani; Johannes Pölzgutter; Zurich Opera; Nikolaus Webern; Janina Ammon; Sinead O'Kelly; Leonardo Sánchez

ZürichHippolyte et Aricie

Hippolyte et Aricie
Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
Emmanuelle Haïm; Jetske Mijnssen; Zurich Opera; Ben Baur; Gideon Davey; Mélissa Petit; Cyrille Dubois
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“What a commotion!” A slapstick Finta giardiniera in Zurich

La finta giardiniera © Herwig Prammer
Zurich Opera stages Tatjana Gürbaca’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. True to the opera buffa genre, it teems with silliness.
**111
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Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti's “anti-anti opera” opens in Zurich in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca. 
****1
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Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Cecilia Bartoli once again takes Zurich by storm under the guiding hand of Maestro William Christie for a wonderful evening of Handelian fun.
****1
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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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Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Hats off to Andreas Homoki, Artistic Director at the Zurich Opera House, for staging a musical around “the chill of ghostly shadows”.
***11
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