This production is being created on the rehearsal stage now, in compliance with all hygiene and distancing regulations. The premiere will be broadcast live on ARTE, the Franco-German TV channel, and will subsequently be available on demand at ARTE CONCERT, the channel’s media library, as a part of ARTE’s «Opera Season».
The premiere will take place using the Opernhaus Zürich’s unique performance model: The chorus and orchestra perform live from an external rehearsal room, and are streamed live to the Opernhaus. Works by Giuseppe Verdi form a cornerstone of the Opernhaus Zürich’s repertoire, and the talented cast is led by Christian Gerhaher. He’ll make another thrilling debut as Simon Boccanegra in his return to Opernhaus Zürich, following successful first outings as Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Heinz Holliger’s Lenau. American soprano Jennifer Rowley makes her debut as Boccanegra’s daughter Amelia Grimalde, and audience favorite bass Christof Fischesser likewise debuts in the role of Jacopo Fiesco, Boccanegra’s rival.
This event marks the final new production at the Opernhaus Zürich led by the duo of Fabio Luisi in his function as General Music Director and Andreas Homoki. The story of powerful and power-hungry men, and the women that fall victim to their familial dramas, closes out eight successful years of cultivating Verdi’s operatic repertoire.
Live broadcast on ARTE on Sunday, December 6 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Video-On-Demand on ARTE CONCERT from Monday, December 7 2020