Without audience in stream
Lockdown extended through the end of February
In light of the new Swiss Federal Council’s decision to extend the performance ban until the end of February, all performances at the Opernhaus Zürich must regrettably be cancelled through Sunday, February 28. These cancellations include the revival of Vincenzo Bellini’s «I puritani» and will also affect the scheduled program for March 2021. The new production of «Amerika» by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati has been rescheduled for the 2023/24 season. This extremely demanding and complex sound-space experience for orchestra, chorus, and sound department cannot be realized under current conditions, even with proven precautionary measures in place. Subscriptions for all cancelled performances will be automatically cancelled and refunded.
In order to ensure that the live theater experience not fall by the wayside, the Opernhaus Zürich will present a major live-stream weekend in February, free of charge.
The Ballett Zürich appears live on Saturday, February 13 at 7:00pm with Christian Spuck’s award-winning choreography of «Winterreise». Based on Hans Zender’s arrangement of Schubert’s song cycle, Christian Spuck and his company undertake a journey into the innermost self, revealing new insights into one of the greatest works of classical music. The production was awarded the renowned «Prix Benois de la Danse» in 2019, and is dedicated to the composer, who died in the same year.
Following that on Sunday, February 14 at 7:00pm is the live-streamed premiere of «Orphée et Euridice». The production of this Baroque opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck marks the return of Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock to the Opernhaus Zürich. Stefano Montanari, one of the most exciting conductors and Baroque violinists of the younger generation, leads the Orchestra La Scintilla. The young Russian mezzo-soprano Nadezhda Karyazina introduces herself to the Opernhaus Zürich in the role of Orphée, and Swiss-Belgian soprano Chiara Skerath appears as Euridice.
In addition, the Opernhaus Zürich will round out its online program with a series of rarities. Starting at the end of January, «Souvenirs» will present a star-studded performance each week from the Opernhaus Zürich’s chronicles, free of charge on the Opernhaus homepage. Detailed information and further digital offerings will be announced in the near future.
The ongoing critical unfolding of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting effects of the same continue to make performances for audience members not possible. We are all hoping for developments in a positive direction, and that we may once again soon open our doors to our audience members. As long as this is not possible, all employees will continue to be on Kurzarbeit (short work scheme).
You can find more information about our online program at: www.opernhaus.ch/digital
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