We are pleased that the relaxation measures in Switzerland approved by the Federal Council on 27 May, which will allow events with a maximum of 300 people from the beginning of June, will enable the Zurich Opera House to resume rehearsals and performances before the summer break. Unfortunately, the originally planned programme cannot be performed, as not only performances but also rehearsals have not been permitted since April. We are therefore all very pleased that numerous artists closely associated with our house are making it possible for us to experience music together again after the lockdown. After our online schedule with streamings of opera and ballet recordings under the name «Heimspiel» and our podcast series «Zwischenspiel», we are now returning to the stage with a small, very exclusive festival with concerts and song recitals under the title «Finale»: Every day from 4 to 12 July we will present great artists such as Diana Damrau, Camilla Nylund, Julie Fuchs, Sabine Devieilhe, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Hampson, Javier Camarena, Benjamin Bernheim, Fabio Luisi and Riccardo Minasi live again.
We are so excited to welcome you to live performances in July 2020! As we do so, we will strictly adhere to the recommendations and specifications of the BAG (Federal Office of Public Health). We have developed a safety plan for the Opernhaus Zürich that features comprehensive hygiene measures, in order to further contribute to the containment of Covid-19 infection. The main guidelines that apply to the audience are summarized here.
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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.