Cancellation of the regular program in April
The Opera House is very pleased about the Swiss Federal Council's announcement that it intends to take a first step toward loosening the cultural sector. We look forward with hope to the final decision on March 19. We have prepared ourselves for a gradual opening and have worked out a program that we can also show for an audience of 50. After the Federal Council has confirmed the planned loosening step next Friday, March 19, we will present our diverse program with smaller formats in opera, ballet and concert.
Large opera and ballet productions, on the other hand, we cannot offer for such a small audience and therefore have to regretfully cancel the regular program until the end of April.
This includes the concert performance of La donna del lago and the revivals Jewgeni Onegin and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny with all scheduled dates, some of which are after April 30.
Also affected is Anja Harteros' recital, which was originally postponed from October 2020 to April 2021.
The new production Capriccio, which was scheduled for May 24, must also be cancelled today along with all subsequent performances due to the long planning lead times.
The premiere of Les Contes d'Hoffmann will be streamed live for free on April 11. If we are allowed to let 50 audience members* into the opera house by then, 50 tickets for the premiere will go on free sale. The tickets for the May dates of Les Contes d'Hoffmann will remain valid.
You can find more information about the Opernhaus’ online program here.
All subscriptions and tickets for cancelled performances will be automatically cancelled and credited to your account. You can use this credit for an unlimited time to purchase tickets for other performances online, by phone or at the ticket office. If we have any questions regarding the cancellation, we will contact you. If you would like us to refund your money instead of crediting your account, please fill out this form.
Ticket reservations that have not yet been paid for will be automatically cancelled. Credits and remittances will be processed in the order of the performance dates in the next few weeks. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
With the suspension of operations, our box office will remain closed until further notice. The box office can still be reached by telephone under +41 44 268 66 66 from Mon - Fri from 11 am to 6 pm. The start of advance ticket sales for the performances in January will be suspended until further notice.
Up-to-date information and recommendations for further action concerning the coronavirus can be found on the website of the BAG: www.bag.admin.ch
The Swiss Federal Council’s decision yesterday, which forbids events with more than 50 individ-uals, has had catastrophic consequences for the Opernhaus Zürich. In accordance with the Canton of Zurich, performance operations had to be suspended yesterday, effective immedi-ately. Productions were canceled and artists were sent home.
We have invested a lot of energy and money in our protective measures and our performance model, which have proven their worth for audience members and employees alike since the start of the season in September. We are not aware of any Sars-CoV-2 virus infections in our auditorium. Our performance model – in which the chorus and orchestra are streamed live from a separate rehearsal room for performances – is the only of its kind in the world and has made it possible for us to once again make the magic of grand opera and ballet tangible. Au-diences have reacted warmly and appreciatively to this model. Since the start of this season, we have held 38 events, 28 of which were opera or ballet performances on the main stage, including a three-day, worldwide live streaming event – all of which were realized under these conditions.
Yes, we want to perform. Yes, we want to be there for you.
As the largest employer in Switzerland’s cultural sector, the Opernhaus Zürich is responsible for the livelihoods of 750 individuals. Limiting the number of audience members to 50 now presents us with an insurmountable challenge. Ticket sales revenue from performances are an existen-tially vital part of our financial planning. In the month of November alone, the revenue shortfall under these conditions would be some CHF 2 million. In order to secure all employees’ jobs for the future, we have no choice but to suspend operations and to apply for short-time work (Kurzarbeit) for all employees, effective immediately.
As a part of society, we of course recognize our obligation to help contain the pandemic, and we respect the Federal Council’s decision. Nevertheless, we sincerely hope that we’ll be able to resume operations as soon as possible.
Your Opera House Team