And the Suns Begin to Dance

An homage to Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm is one of the today’s leading artists, and 2022 brings the 70th birthday of this German composer. To mark the occasion, the Opernhaus Zürich and the Zürcher Kammerorchester will present an homage to this charismatic musical mind. The celebrations include a new staged production of his chamber opera Jakob Lenz.

Conversation concert with Wolfgang Rihm

Thu 17 Nov 2022, 19.30, Studiobühne

Wolfgang Rihm in conversation with Claus Spahn, the Ensemble Opera Nova plays.


Chamber Opera

Jakob Lenz

Premiere 19 Nov 2022, ZKO-Haus

Together with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the International Opera Studio is working on this early success work by the then 25-year-old composer, which is now one of the most frequently performed chamber operas of the 20th century. 

Premiere 19 Nov 2022, ZKO-Haus
Further performances 22, 24, 26 Nov 2022, ZKO-Haus


Philharmonisches Konzert

Rihm und Brahms

Sun 18 Dec 2022, 19.30, Opera House

The Philhamonia Zurich, conducted by General Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, will perform Wolfgang Rihm's Aria/Ariadne: «Szenarie» für Sopran und kleines Orchester nach einer Dichtung von Friedrich Nietzsche and the Symphony No. 3 in F major by Johannes Brahms. The soprano of the evening is Mojca Erdmann.


Subscription concert of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Rihm and Schubert

Tue 13 Dec 2022, 19.30, Tonhalle Zurich