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Guide to Zurich Opera House

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***11
Hidden identities, crime and shame: Homoki's Forza returns to Zurich
Zurich is well known for its contribution to Constructivism, and Hartmut Meyer’s bold set design for Andreas Homoki's production clearly pays visual tribute to that movement. The bare panels that spread across the stage can be shifted and refigured to come together in a huge taupe and white cube, such that the lovers, for example, can circle around it searching for the other in vain, an antic which verges on slapstick.
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Extraordinary operatic moments for every taste in Zurich’s new season
“An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.” Not just for Maria Callas, but for any other singer and audiences around the world alike, opera is a series of extraordinary moments, of emotional ups and downs and magnificent music that stays with you long after the last musician has left the pit. With ten new productions from Baroque to operetta, Zurich Opera offers a versatile new season, covering every operatic taste.
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*****
Brilliant revival of Spuck's Romeo and Juliet in Zurich
Under conductor Michail Jurowski’s seasoned baton, the opera’s own Philharmonia Zürich underpinned the work with the rich landscape of Prokofiev’s swelling score, which starts by rising to a thunderous dissonance, but is shortly followed by what could be equated with a cloud of rising vapour, giving us the contrast of something so light as to be close to celestial.