The Orchestra of Zurich Opera changed its name at the beginning of the new season. This decision should be understood as a point of departure. Our orchestra intends to consolidate its first-class reputation as an opera orchestra at its evening performances at the Opera House, and at the same time to raise its profile as a concert orchestra. General Music Director Fabio Luisi has decided to intensify the orchestra’s work on the symphonic repertoire and then to present the artistic results increasingly outside the City of Zurich. In order to facilitate perception of the orchestra beyond Switzerland’s borders and better to position itself at international guest performances, in future the Orchestra will perform under the name Philharmonia Zurich.
With a new name, as of the 2012/13 season our Philharmonic Concerts will, for the first time, also have a thematic focus: as a central theme, our programmes will all feature works by Robert Schumann. Fabio Luisi himself will direct four of the seven philharmonic concerts. Schumann’s splendid oratorio, Das Paradies und die Peri, will provide the grand finale of this concert season.
On ten occasions, our musicians will play chamber music, present their favourite programmes, or take an opera première as the opportunity to explore the music in chamber music form.
Programmes will include a brunch concert featuring works by Peter Eötvös, a Harmoniemusik based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, played by the wind section of the Orchestra La Scintilla Zurich, or a special concert for lovers of brass music. The concerts will be followed by a substantial brunch at the Restaurant Belcanto, which you can enjoy together with the performers in a relaxed atmosphere.
The concerts start at 11.15 a.m., followed by a brunch at the Restaurant Belcanto. For those who would like to drink something before the concert, our Foyer Bar is open from 10.15 a.m.
Ticket prices for concert and brunch:
CHF 60* including a welcome glass of champagne at the Restaurant Belcanto and coffee, as well as non-alcoholic beverages (*with student card: CHF 52/Children under 11: CHF 32).
As seats are limited, we recommend that you make your reservation early. For the concert on 9 December 2012 in the main auditorium there are 100 concert tickets with brunch available; all other concert tickets will be sold for CHF 20 without brunch.
A song recital really is the ultimate test for a singer to prove that they have reached maturity, by displaying their skills of interpretation and mastery of voice technique. Since the repertoire ranges from baroque to jazz, there is something to suit everyone’s taste in this rich and varied cycle.