Gifts

Bring joy to your loved ones!

For Christmas, birthday, anniversary or just like that – how lovely is it to bring joy to somebody. Since we often run out of ideas, we would like to present various gift ideas from the world of the Zurich Opera House on this page. Gifts that will delight current and future lovers of opera, ballet and concert. Of course, the focus always lies on a visit to the opera house.

With our gift voucher, the recipient has the free choice of the pieces and dates he or she would like to visit. The value of the voucher is freely selectable and it can be used for all performances in the Opera House and articles in the online shop. You might want to combine the gift voucher with a CD, a book, a fragrance or chocolates to give the gift a good shape? We have put together some ideas for you.


For opera lovers

1. Gift voucher of the Zurich Opera House
Give away a voucher of any amount. For an opera visit with an excellent place in the stalls an amount of CHF 230 or a nice place in the gallery in the 3rd category for over CHF 168 would be suitable.
Available in the opera house shop or at the box office
More information

2. Be closer
Are you looking for a gift for a true opera fan? Did you know that you can gift someone with a membership of the Friends of the Opera? Friends of the Opera have the opportunity to visit rehearsals, get to know the lighting and build-up process, watch the producers interact with the singers and listen to the conductor’s instructions to replay a passage until he is happy with the sound and dynamic.
Membership starting at CHF 100
Online information and become a Friend of the Opera

3. Opernliebe - Ein Buch für Enthusiasten
What is love? - We know it and at the same time we don’t know exactly. Iso Camartin, who directed the «opera ateliers» at the Zurich Opera House until 2012, tells and explains what love, especially love for the opera, is. This book is a declaration of love to music and musical theatre, written by an enthusiast, for those who are, but also for those who, with this book, could become one soon.
Opernliebe – Ein Buch für Enthusiasten (von Iso Camartin)
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 31.90

4. A good perspective
Kochphoto on the Zurich Börsenstrasse offers a large assortment of fine opera glasses, with which you can follow the happenings on stage in even more detail. In addition to newly produced opera glasses there are also beautiful old ones for sale, a tribute to days gone by.
Opera glasses starting at CHF 196
Kochphoto AG, Börsenstrasse 12, 8001 Zürich

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5. Dream cast on DVD
Christof Loy's spellbinding staging of the bel canto jewel I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Zurich was equally celebrated at the premiere of the press and the public. This successful production has now been released on DVD. In the trouser role of the Romeo the world star Joyce DiDonato is to be experienced. At her side the young Ukrainian soprano Olga Kulchynska sings the role of Giulietta and Fabio Luisi conducts the Philharmonia Zürich.
Available in the opera house shop for CHF 32

6. Opera in a box of chocolates
You can gift the opera voucher together with a box of dark chocolate ganache with roasted Valencia almond slices from Vollenweider.
Chocolates starting at CHF 10.80
Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiserie, Theaterstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich

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7. Cooking with Maria Callas
Maria Callas is still the unforgettable queen of opera. Her passion for good food is rather unknown. In a suitcase found some time ago, she or her butler noted down her favourite recipes and the cookbooks she collected. This collection of delightful dishes - the culinary highlights of the fifties - has been prepared in this wonderful cookbook with an attached CD of her most beautiful arias.
Maria Callas - Die Lieblingsrezepte der Göttlichen (by Bruno Tosi)
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 24.90

For ballet lovers

1. Gift voucher of the Zurich Opera House
The Ballet Zurich delights its audience and the performances are mostly booked out. With a gift voucher of any value you give a ballet enthusiast the free choice of which performance he or she would like to visit.
Available in the opera house shop or at the box office
More information

2. Be closer
Are you looking for a gift for a true opera fan? Did you know that you can gift someone with a membership of the Friends of the Ballet Zurich? The membership is for a great cause and brings joy. Not only are young talents promoted, but the gifted person is able to get a backstage view by visiting rehearsals and trainings, get to know the dancers better and enjoy special privileges such as advanced pre-sales. In this video the Friends of the Ballet talk about being a part of it.
Membership starting at CHF 100
Online information and become a Friend of the Ballet Zurich

3. Immersion in the history of ballet - photo book
Martha Graham already knew: «Dance is the hidden language of the soul» - and Ballet - The Definitive Illustrated Story by Viviana Durante proves how beautiful it can look like. The photo book shows the entire history of ballet - from its beginnings in the 16th century to the present day - with more than 500 pictures. A book to browse through and be amazed by.
Available at Orell Füssli for CHF 46.90

4. Messa da Requiem for all eternity
Christian Spuck's Messa da Requiem was a success with international appeal. In a large-scale coproduction between the Opera and Ballet Zurich, the German choreographer and director dared an unusual interpretation of Verdi's funeral mass. 36 dancers, the choir of the opera house and four top-class soloists come together in thirteen great scenes dedicated to one of the most fundamental themes of humanity under the direction of Fabio Luisi. The live recording can be given away as a DVD. As a bonus, there is a fifty-minute documentary about the production and rehearsals of this piece.
Available in the opera house shop for CHF 32

5. Ballet to-go
Our truck tarp bags carry the poster motifs of the past season and are available in different sizes. Whether Messa de Requiem as a shoulder bag or Corpus as a practical shopping bag, these bags are eye-catching. And they are indestructible.
Available in the opera house shop starting at CHF 60

6. Ballet in a box of chocolates
The Confiserie Vollenweider promises eternal love with the Romeo & Juliet heart-shaped pralines made of dark chocolate ganache with raspberry. For the Nutcracker chocolates hazelnut filling and almond slices are combined. Ballet in a box of chocolates - a seductive companion for the ballet visit.
Chocolates starting at CHF 10.80
Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiserie, Theaterstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich
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7. The «Seidenmann» is also a Ballet Friend
Seidenmann is not only a great ballet lover and proud member of the Friends of the Ballet Zurich, but also has a wonderful collection of unusual scarves, foulards and ties. They are designed with great attention to detail and made of precious materials by hand. At Seidenmann you will find unique pieces that combine creativity with contemporary luxury and sustainable production - the perfect accessory for an evening at the Opera House.
Accessories starting at CHF 75
Available at Seidenmann, Limmatquai 62, 8001 Zürich
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For concert lovers

1. Gift voucher of the Zurich Opera House
The Philharmonia Zurich can be enjoyed in around 250 opera and ballet performances per season – but the musicians can not only be experienced in the orchestra pit, but also on the podium with their own concert series. Give away a gift card of any amount.
Available in the opera house shop or at the box office
More information

2. Mescolare
Gourmets can also enjoy the concerts of our new Mescolare series. Because this is where beautiful music is mixed with good food. Young artists from the International Opera Studio and the Orchestra Academy present themselves in enjoyable evenings in the restaurant Belcanto, chef René Hostettler takes up the theme in a specially created 3-course menu.
More information and concert dates

3. CD of Philharmonia Records
The Philharmonia Records label was founded in 2015 to mark the orchestra's 30th anniversary. The catalogue now includes numerous recordings, including works by Berlioz, Bruckner, Rachmaninov and Verdi. The Philharmonia Zurich plays under the direction of Fabio Luisi.
To the website

4. Fabio Luisi perfume
General Musical Director Fabio Luisi is not only a gifted conductor but also a passionate perfume-créateur for several years. «I'm not just a fan of timbres, I also love fragrance sounds. Music and perfume have a lot in common.» says Fabio Luisi: «I tend to create dark, harsh perfumes, which I personally prefer; Minor scents you could say.» Have you become curious? You can find more information on the website of FL PerfumesAnd if you are still indecisive about which fragrance you want to give away, Fabio Luisi will give you a personal recommendation with pleasure.
Perfumes starting CHF 95

5. Reclams Konzertführer
Well over 1000 works of orchestral music, from baroque and classical music to modern and contemporary, are presented in the Reclams Concert Guide by Klaus Schweizer and Arnold Werner-Jensen. Just the perfect gift for all friends of orchestral music.
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 38.90

For newcomers

1. Gift voucher of the Zurich Opera House
There are many productions in the repertoire which are suitable for newcomers of the opera and the ballet. With a gift voucher of any value you can help new faces feel at home in the opera.
Available in the opera house shop or at the box office
More information

2. People who know more, see more
The opera house magazine MAG provides background information on new productions and introduces artists - with already more than 50 editions. Directors, dramaturges, singers, choreographers, philosophers, historians and writers reflect on opera and ballet. You can subscribe to the MAG - a nice addition to a gift voucher.
Subscribe to the MAG for CHF 38
Available only in German

3. Loriots kleiner Opernführer
«She never loved me,» complains the King of Spain. He refers to Elisabeth, the fiancée of his son, who in turn never loved a princess Eboli, but who loves him, probably because the king never loved her. In addition, Elisabeth does not love Mrs. Eboli and neither Don Carlos nor the father are loved by eachother. Alright?
Loriot has always had a special love for classical music and opera. In his little opera guide he explains in a humorous way the content and purpose of 53 different operas.
Loriots kleiner Opernführer (Diogenes Verlag)
Available only in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 16.90

4. Opera in a box of chocolates
The Praline varieties Nabucco, Figaro, Queen of the Night or Othello not only have beautiful names and look seductive, they also taste like it. And believe us: we know what we are talking about.
Chocolates starting at CHF 10.80
Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiserie, Theaterstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich

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5. Land des Lächelns on DVD
Franz Lehár's great operetta was not only a great success inside the opera house, but was also followed enthusiastically by 14,000 people at oper für alle 2018. The production with world-class tenor Piotr Beczala as Sou-Chong and Julia Kleiter in the role of Lisa is also available on DVD. In our video «Who is who» you can already see who the four main characters in Land des Lächelns are (in German).
Available in the opera house shop for CHF 32

What's more:
Behind the scenes of the opera house
Standing on the boards that mean the world, seeing the ateliers in which costumes and masks are created, visiting the workshops, where true inventors and artists develop and create the sets. You can discover the Zurich Opera House on a backstage tour or gain special impressions in thematic costume or technology tours. We even offer private tours. The opera house in front of and behind the scenes - might be a nice addition to a gift voucher under the Christmas tree.
Book guided tours online from CHF 10

For little opera and ballet lovers

1. Gift voucher of the Zurich Opera House
Opera and ballet must not only be something for «grand» lovers. Be it Konrad oder das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse or Hänsel und Gretel, the most successful fairy tale opera of all time, with a gift card from the opera house you will also make children's eyes shine. For our youngest visitors we also offer fairy tales on a musical carpet, ballet and family workshops, guided tours through the opera house with the catchy earwig Squillo and much more. You can find our programme for children here.
Available in the opera house shop or at the box office
More information about the gift card

2. On an adventurous journey with Hänsel and Gretel
Robert Carson's production of the famous fairytale opera can be seen in our opera house until April 2019. With this picture book and the accompanying CD, children can immerse themselves in the fantastic fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm already in advance.
Hänsel und Gretel Children's opera after Engelbert Humperdinck (by Susa Hämmerle), from 5 years old
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 35.90

3. Blending dream and reality
Pjotr Tschaikowski takes us into a fantastic world in his famous ballet, which is based on the well-known story of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Christian Spuck's choreography of Nutcracker and Mouse King is still a great success. Susa Hämmerle's picture book tells the story with wonderful images, accompanied by a CD with Tchaikovsky's memorable melodies.
The Nutcracker The Fairy Tale Ballet after Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (by Susa Hämmerle), from 5 years old
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 43.90

4. Opera to hear and admire
The little dog Pippo visits the Paris Opera. Because he loses sight of the tour, he finds himself alone behind the scenes of the impressive building. There is no reason to despair, as the most beautiful and famous operas by Vivaldi, Mozart, Händel, Rossini and Bellini can be heard on every corner. Children can also be enchanted by the melodies by touching the sound button.
A visit to the opera With melodies by Mozart, Händel, Vivaldi & Co (by Magali Huche), from 3 years old
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 26.90

5. Let's go to the world of ballerinas!
With the 1000 stickers the 20 ballet scenes can be designed and gifts, invitations and envelopes for dance friends can be decorated.
My extra thick sticker book: In the ballet (by Sue Meredith), from 5 years old
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 17.90

For young opera and ballet enthusiasts

1. Gift voucher of the Zurich Opera House
Make your daughter, nephew, godchild or grandchild happy and give them a gift voucher of any value of the Zurich Opera House. They will be able to use the gift voucher for different things, such as a visit to a play, a backstage tour or in our online opera house shop.
Available in the opera house shop or at the box office
More information

2. Club Jung Membership
Opera and ballet have become more popular again amongst the young people. Our Club Jung for 16- to 26-year-olds now has 2'500 members. Here, young people exchange ideas with like-minded people, learn more about opera and ballet productions in workshops, look behind the scenes, attend rehearsals and meet artists. And most importantly, there are always tickets at a very reduced price of CHF 15.
One-time CHF 20 registration fee
Online information and sign up for the Club Jung membership

3. Opera house on the wall
Since the season 12/13, the Swiss illustrator Francois Berthoud has been producing a visual for every premiere. They decorate the website, publications and even the vehicles of the Zurich Opera House as posters, which can also be spotted throughout the city. The posters are also available for your own four walls in the F4 world format (about 128 x 89.5cm).
Available in the opera house shop for CHF 30

4. Truck tarp bags
Every year, the tarps of the opera house trucks are made into bags in a handicapped facility. They are available in different sizes and shapes and are not only incredibly practical, but also look pretty good: the poster motifs of the past season are colorful and original. Each bag is unique and indestructible.
Available in the opera house shop starting at CHF 60

5. The slightly different opera guide
In Wilhelm Busch's style, the subjects of a total of 27 famous opera pieces are humorously summed up in a few lines and strokes.
My dear swan! The slightly different opera guide (by Hans-Gunther Hoche)
Available in German at Orell Füssli for CHF 13.90

A glittering ball night

On 16th of March 2019, when the Zurich Opera House opens its doors for a glittering ball night full of culinary and cultural highlights, the dance floor will swing again. Give yourself and your loved one a ticket that grants access to the benefit gala, or a diner card which also includes a delicious gala dinner from Baur au Lac. Ball guests can look forward to arias and duets by opera stars, thrilling performances by the Ballet Zurich, sweeping waltzes of the Philharmonia Zurich and much more. It is certainly a night that will be remembered for a long time.
Saunter card CHF 290
Dinner card CHF 950

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