One of the most innovative and exciting seasons in the history of Zurich Opera House has begun. Since September 20, 2020, we have been celebrating opera and the live experience in an unprecedented form of performance. The large collective orchestras and choir will be transmitted live to the Opera House for performance from an external rehearsal room that has been converted into a recording studio. The singers will act on stage as usual and breathe life into the pieces. The mixture of live sung sound, live transmitted sound and a specific spatial sound is unique. This performance model enables Zurich Opera House to make only minor changes to the published seasonal programme.
To ensure audience safety and a pleasant evening at the opera, we have developed a comprehensive protection and hygiene plan, based on the resolutions of the Federal Council and the Government Council. This plan is continuously reviewed and adapted. With the opening of our season 20/21, everyone attending performances at the Opernhaus will be required to wear a mask. The mask must be worn before, during, and after the performance. As in public transport, this regulation does not apply to children under 12 years of age. The number of seats sold for each performance is limited to 900.
Communal health is our first priority. If you feel sick, you are not allowed to visit our performances. In such an event, please contact the ticket office. When you arrive at the Opernhaus, please wash or disinfect your hands; disinfection dispensers are clearly positioned throughout the front of the house. You will be able to access your seat without coming into contact with any door handles. All surfaces, restroom facilities, and cloakrooms are cleaned regularly.
It is vital to ensure the tracking of a potential chain of infection in the event of a suspected case of SARS-CoV-2. In order to assist with this, tickets can only be purchased with the submission of an individual’s contact information, including a phone number. If you purchase tickets for more than one person, their contact information must be provided upon request. In the event of a suspected case of the coronavirus, the Opernhaus will pass your contact information to the cantonal health authority for the purposes of contact tracing. We will update you regarding current regulations and measures in anticipation of your performance visit. In order to do so, we ask that you provide us your email address. This will help ensure that we can contact you should conditions change in any way.
Unfortunately, catering during breaks will be omitted for the time being. Pre-performance introductions to works will initially be available exclusively online on the Opernhaus homepage. Introductory matinees for new Opernhaus productions, which are traditionally held at the Bernhard Theater, will take place as scheduled. There will be no catering provided for these matinees.
For many international houses, the 2020/21 season will be a very special one, characterized by cancellations and changes to opera and ballet productions that have been in the works for years. Not so at the Opernhaus Zürich: thanks to a brand new, specially developed performance model. With this model, large ensembles, such as orchestra and choir, will be transmitted live for each performance from an external orchestra rehearsal hall, maintaining first-class acoustic quality and without time delay. As planned, the Opernhaus Zürich will be able to present the nine opera premieres and three ballet premieres, as well as all eighteen revivals on the main stage.
However, due to social distancing regulations, there will still be a few adjustments to the program for the 2020/21 season.
The traditional opening festival that kicks off the season on 19 September must unfortunately be canceled. The planned revival of Verdi’s «I vespri siciliani» on 22 September will be replaced by a Verdi Gala, musically directed by Fabio Luisi. Maria Agresta, Bryan Hymel, Quinn Kelsey, and Alexander Vinogradov will bring to life arias and scenes from operas such as «I vespri siciliani», «Il trovatore», «Rigoletto», «Otello», and others. We are also pleased that we will be able to resume rehearsals for the new production of «Die Csárdásfürstin» with Annette Dasch und Pavol Breslik, which was originally planned for April 2020. The curtain will rise on this new production on Friday 25 September as an additional premiere. The performance series for «Boris Godunow», «Maria Stuarda», and «Alice im Wunderland» will each feature one performance fewer.
The following changes apply to Ballett Zürich productions: instead of the planned premiere of «Peer Gynt» on 1 May 2021, «Walking Mad» will take the stage; the latter was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The evening comprises three parts, including «Kleines Requiem» by Hans van Manen, the titular «Walking Mad» by Johan Inger, and a third part, which is still to be announced. The planned revival of «Bella Figura» will be replaced by a revival of «Forsythe», set for 30 May 2021.
In addition, due to technical reasons, some performances will have new start times. A detailed program for the coming season, as well as up-to-date hygienic and protectionary measure are available on this website.
During the Corona pandemic, both the Opernhaus and our audiences have had to grow accustomed to a greater degree of flexibility. We had to frequently respond to new regulations and recommendations set forth by the BAG (Federal Office of Public Health) in an effort to protect public health, and have implemented appropriate protective measures and we will continue to contribute to the containment of coronavirus. For this reason, tickets will only be sold personalized until further notice. In addition, the practice of starting advanced ticket sales for the entire next season on one day has been modified in favor of short-term advance booking dates. Our protectionary measures are continuously adjusted and can be viewed at opernhaus.ch/coronavirus.
Modified dates for advanced ticket sale
Given the fluid nature of the current situation and in order to be able to react quickly to new regulations and developments, the following new advance booking dates apply:
Subscriptions sales from 15.6.2020
Advanced ticket sales for individual tickets for performances in September and October:
from 1.9.2020 for Presale Groups (Freundeskreis Members, Shareholders, Subscribers)
from 5.9.2020 for everyone
Advanced ticket sales for individual tickets for performances in November:
from 6.10.2020 for Presale Groups (Freundeskreis Members, Shareholders, Subscribers)
from 10.10.2020 for everyone
Advanced ticket sales for individual tickets for performances in December:
from 3.11.2020 for Presale Groups (Freundeskreis Members, Shareholders, Subscribers)
from 7.11.2020 for everyone
Written orders (only possible for seat categories 1 to 4) will be processed from the first day of general sales in the order in which they are received. The advance booking dates for AMAG people’s performances will not be changed. Become a member of the Opernfreunde or Ballettfreunde and save your favourite seat.
Ticket sales and your personal data
It is vital to ensure the tracking of a potential chain of infection in the event of a suspected case of SARS-CoV-2. In order to assist with this, tickets can only be purchased with the submission of an individual’s contact information, including a phone number. In the event of a suspected case of the coronavirus, the Opernhaus will pass your contact information to the cantonal health authority for the purposes of contact tracing. We will update you regarding current regulations and measures in anticipation of your performance visit. In order to do so, we ask that you provide us your email address.