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Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann
New version of the scenario by Claus Spahn
Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski (1840-1893)

Choreography Christian Spuck Musical director Paul Connelly, Yannis Pouspourikas (29 Oct / 03, 10, 11 Nov) Stage design Rufus Didwiszus Costumes Buki Shiff Lighting designer Martin Gebhardt Choir director Ernst Raffelsberger Dramaturgy Michael Küster, Claus Spahn, Michael Küster (01 Mar)
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo
Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz
Clown
Clown (Akkordeon)
Ina Callejas
Prinzessin Pirlipat
Frau Mauserinks
Schneekönigin
Schneekönig
Blumenwalzer Solo
Blumenwalzer Solo

Duration 2 H. 15 Min. incl. interval after 1st part after approx. 1 H. Introduction 45 min before the performance.
Introductory matinee on 01 Oct 2017.

Partner Ballett Zürich      

and with the support of Freunde des Balletts Zürich

Past performances

October 2017

Sat

14

Oct
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Premiere, Premiere subscription

Fri

20

Oct
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Premiere subscription B

Sun

29

Oct
14.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

November 2017

Fri

03

Nov
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Ballet subscription big

Fri

10

Nov
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Friday subscription A

Sat

11

Nov
19.30

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

December 2017

Sat

09

Dec
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Ballet subscription small

Tue

12

Dec
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Tuesday subscription B

Fri

15

Dec
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Friday subscription B

Sun

17

Dec
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Choice subscription

February 2018

Fri

02

Feb
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

Sat

03

Feb
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

Wed

28

Feb
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Wednesday subscription A

March 2018

Thu

01

Mar
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

Fri

16

Mar
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

Sat

17

Mar
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski,

April 2018

Fri

13

Apr
19.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Mixed subscription B

Sun

15

Apr
20.00

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Ballet by Christian Spuck after the eponymous fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Music by Pjotr Tschaikowski, Sunday subscription D

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Christian Spuck, Choreography

Christian Spuck

Christian Spuck comes from Marburg and was trained at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He began his dance career with Jan Lauwers’ Needcompany and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s Ensemble Rosas. In 1995 he became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet and served as the company’s in-house choreographer from 2001 to 2012. In Stuttgart he created fifteen world premieres, including the story ballet Lulu: A Monster Tragedy after Frank Wedekind, Der Sandmann and Das Fräulein von S. after E.T.A. Hoffmann. Christian Spuck has also worked with numerous renowned ballet companies in Europe and the USA. The Return of Ulysses (guest performance at the Edinburgh Festival) was created for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Woyzeck (after Georg Büchner) was premiered at the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo. The ballet Die Kinder, premiered at the Aalto Ballett Theater Essen, was nominated for the Prix Benois de la Danse. His ballet Leonce und Lena (also after Georg Büchner) was likewise premiered in Essen. It was subsequently taken over by the Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal and the Stuttgart Ballet. The world premiere of Poppea//Poppea for Gauthier Dance at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart was voted one of the ten most successful dance productions worldwide by the magazine Dance Europe in 2010 and was awarded the German Theatre Prize DER FAUST in 2011 as well as the Italian Danza/Danza Award. Christian Spuck has recently become increasingly active in the field of opera. Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (2009) was followed by Verdi’s Falstaff at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden (2010), Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust (2014) and Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer (2017) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since the 2012/13 season, Christian Spuck has been director of the Ballett Zürich. Thus far, his Romeo and Juliet, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck and Der Sandmann have been shown here. The ballet Anna Karenina after Leo Tolstoy, which premiered in Zurich in 2014, was taken over by the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo, the Stanislavski Theatre in Moscow, the Korean National Ballet in Seoul, and the Bavarian State Ballet. Recent projects in Zurich included Verdi's Messa da Requiem (a co-production of the Opernhaus Zürich and Ballett Zürich) and the Nutcracker and Mouse King ballet. His latest ballet, Winterreise, will be premiered in October 2018.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Paul Connelly, Musikalische Leitung

Paul Connelly

Paul Connelly studierte am New England Conservatory in Boston und debütierte als Dirigent mit Gershwins Porgy and Bess im Rahmen einer Tournee der Houston Grand Opera. 1980 wurde er auf Einladung von Michail Baryshnikov Erster Kapellmeister des American Ballet Theatre und arbeitete dort mit Choreografen wie Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine und Anthony Tudor. Während dieser Zeit dirigierte er auch Vorstellungen des New York City Ballet sowie Gala-Veranstaltungen wie Nureyev and Friends und Baryshnikov and Co., ausserdem war er Gastdirigent beim National Ballet of Canada. Während der Zeit beim ABT war er an zahlreichen Film- und Fernsehprojekten beteiligt (u.a. Don Quixote). Zu seinen Opernaktivitäten in dieser Zeit gehören Brittens Death in Venice, Debussys Pelléas et Mélisande sowie Purcells Dido and Aeneas. Nach der musikalischen Leitung einer Ballettgala an der Wiener Staatsoper wurde ihm dort Rossinis Barbiere di Siviglia anvertraut, ein Erfolg, der den Anfang einer intensiven Dirigententätigkeit in Europa markiert. Einladungen führten ihn zum Staatsballett Berlin, das Ballett der Opéra Paris (Verfilmungen von Neumeiers Sylvia, Balanchines Jewels, Giselle, Roland-Petit-Abend), zum Orchestre Colonne in Paris, an das Opernhaus Nizza, ans Teatro di San Carlo in Neapel, an die Oper Oslo, zum Royal Ballet in London und in Birmingham, zum Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam, zum Tokyo Ballet, zum Semperoper Ballett Dresden und an die Mailänder Scala, wo er auf Einladung von Riccardo Muti die Opern Il turco in Italia, Die Zauberflöte oder Don Giovanni dirigierte. An der Scala leitete er auch eine Reihe von Ballettaufführungen, unter anderem Giselle, die auch verfilmt wurde. Auf DVD erschienen jüngst Mauro Bigonzettis Caravaggio mit dem Staatsballett Berlin und Nureyews Nussknacker mit dem Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper. Geplant sind weitere Ballettdirigate in Wien, Berlin, Dresden und Mailand.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20 Oct; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Yannis Pouspourikas, Musikalische Leitung

Yannis Pouspourikas

Yannis Pouspourikas stammt aus Marseille. Von 2013 bis 2017 war er Erster Kapellmeister am Aalto-Theater Essen. Seine musikalische Ausbildung absolvierte er am Konservatorium in Genf und am Opernhaus Zürich. Er war Zweiter Kapellmeister beim Glyndebourne Festival und in derselben Position von 2000 bis 2004 an der Opéra national de Paris verpflichtet. 2004 war er Gastdirigent des Orchestre national de Lyon, von 2005 bis 2009 des Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse. 2008 war er Kapellmeister an der Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen/Gent, wo er u.a. bei Peter Grimes, Samson et Dalila, Candide, Hérodiade sowie Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny am Pult stand. Er arbeitet regelmässig beim Glyndebourne Festival, am Teatro Real in Madrid, am Grand Théâtre de Genève, am Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brüssel und an der Opéra national de Paris. Neben der Oper wird er auch im sinfonischen Repertoire geschätzt und leitete u.a. das Orchestre de la Suisse Romande,  das RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra und das Madrid Symphony Orchestra. Jüngste Projekte waren Les Huguenots am Opernhaus Nizza sowie Fidelio, Die Zauberflöte, Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen und Carmen in Essen. Dort ist er mit  Romeo und Julia, Giselle, Der Nussknacker und Don Quichotte bereits auch mehrfach als Ballettdirigent in Erscheinung getreten.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov 2017


Rufus Didwiszus, Bühnenbild

Rufus Didwiszus

Rufus Didwiszus studierte Bühnen- und Kostümbild in Stuttgart bei Jürgen Rose und arbeitet seither als freier Bühnenbildner in Theater-, Opern- und Tanzproduktionen, u.a. mit Barrie Kosky (La belle Hélène und Die Perlen der Cleopatra an der Komischen Oper Berlin sowie La fanciulla del West am Opernhaus Zürich), Thomas Ostermeier (Unter der Gürtellinie, Shoppen & Ficken in der Baracke des Deutschen Theaters Berlin mit Einladung zum Berliner Theatertreffen und nach Avignon); Der blaue Vogel am Deutschen Theater, Feuergesicht am Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Der Name bei den Salzburger Festspielen und an der Berliner Schaubühne, The Girl on the Sofa beim Edinburgh International Festival und an der Schaubühne, Der starke Stamm und Vor Sonnenaufgang an den Münchner Kammerspielen, Sasha Waltz (Dialoge 2 im Jüdischen Museum Berlin), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Foi mit Les Ballets C de la B in Gent), Tom Kühnel (Wagners Ring des Nibelungen am TAT Frankfurt) sowie Christian Stückl, Stefan Larsson, Tomas Alfredson und Christian Lollike. Seit 2004 entwirft und inszeniert Rufus Didwiszus mit Joanna Dudley eigene Musik-Theater-Performances, u.a. in den Sophiensaelen, an der Schaubühne und im Radialsystem in Berlin sowie im BOZAR in Brüssel. Mit seiner Band «Friedrichs» war er in Der weisse Wolf am Staatstheater Stuttgart zu sehen. Zudem war er als Gastdozent an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste München und an der Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee tätig. In jüngster Zeit entwarf Rufus Didwiszus u.a. Bühnenbilder für Medea an der Oper Stockholm, für das Ballett Zürich (Nussknacker und Mausekönig) und für die Komische Oper Berlin (Fiddler on the roof).

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 La fanciulla del West26, 30 Dec 2017; 07, 12 Jan 2018


Buki Shiff, Kostüme

Buki Shiff

Buki Shiff wurde in Israel geboren und studierte an der Universität Tel-Aviv. Seit 1984 ist sie als Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin für Theater, Film, Fernsehen und Oper in Israel, Europa und den USA tätig. Dabei arbeitet sie regelmässig mit den Regisseuren Barrie Kosky, David Alden, Richard Jones und Robert Carsen zusammen. Zu ihren Arbeiten zählen Ausstattungen für Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, Sweeney Todd, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Boris Godunow, Madama Butterfly und Don Giovanni an der New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Tannhäuser, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Rinaldo, Rodelinda, La Calisto, Orlando und Semiramide an der Bayerischen Staatsoper in München, Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tristan und Isolde und Der fliegende Holländer an der Berliner Staatsoper, Boris Godunow an der Wiener Volksoper, Tristan und Isolde am Teatro Real Madrid, Lulu an der English National Opera, Wozzeck und Meistersinger an der Welsh National Opera, Candide am Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris und an der Mailänder Scala, Wozzeck und La belle Hélène an der Komischen Oper Berlin, Die Nase am Royal Opera House Covent Garden sowie Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen an der Deutschen Oper Berlin. 2006 wurde Buki Shiff in Tel-Aviv als Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin des Jahres ausgezeichnet, 2008 erhielt sie den Rosenblum-Preis als Künstlerin des Jahres. 2013 wurde sie bei den International Opera Awards in London als beste Bühnen- und Kostümbildnerin geehrt. Darüber hinaus war sie an Kunstausstellungen in Tel Aviv und Europa beteiligt.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Martin Gebhardt, Lichtgestaltung

Martin Gebhardt

Martin Gebhardt was a light designer and the master electrician at the Hamburg Ballett, where he worked closely with John Neumeier. In 2002, he came to the Opernhaus Zürich. Together with Heinz Spoerli and the Ballett Zürich he created In den Winden im Nichts, Allem nah, allem fern, Josephslegende, Peer Gynt, Schwanensee, Don Quichotte and Raymonda. Productions from the Hamburg Ballett and the Ballett Zürich led him to renowned theatres throughout Europe, Asia and America. At the Opernhaus Zürich, he was responsible for the lighting design of productions by Jürgen Flimm, Grischa Asagaroff, Matthias Hartmann, David Pountney, Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier, Damiano Michieletto, Achim Freyer, Johannes Schaaf and Christoph Marthaler. For the Salzburg Festival he created the lighting design for La bohème and a new version of Spoerli’s Der Tod und das Mädchen. In 2012, Martin Gebhardt became head of the lighting department at the Opernhaus Zürich and has been working regularly with Christian Spuck and other choreographers such as Douglas Lee and Marco Goecke ever since.

Schwanensee08, 09, 12, 15, 17, 23 Jun 2018 Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Un Ballo06 Mar 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02, 05 Apr 2018 Maria Stuarda11, 14, 17, 20, 26, 29 Apr; 02, 05, 09, 12 May 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Le Comte Ory02, 04, 06, 09 Jan 2018 Carmen04, 07, 10, 14 Jul 2018


Ernst Raffelsberger, Choreinstudierung

Ernst Raffelsberger

Ernst Raffelsberger, Chorleitung, stammt aus Gmunden, Oberösterreich. Er studierte Musikpädagogik und Kirchenmusik an der Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien (Chorleitung bei Prof. Erwin Ortner) und anschliessend Chordirigieren am Salzburger Mozarteum bei Prof. Walter Hagen-Groll. Von 1983 bis 1986 war er Kapellmeister der Wiener Sängerknaben. In dieser Zeit leitete er das Ensemble in Wien und auf Tourneen durch Europa, Südafrika, Kanada und die USA. Ab 1986 war Ernst Raffelsberger Chordirektor und Kapellmeister am Landestheater Salzburg (Mitwirkung bei der Salzburger Mozartwoche und den Salzburger Festspielen). 1989 wurde er von Donald Runnicles als Chordirektor und Kapellmeister an das Theater in Freiburg/Breisgau berufen. Seit Herbst 1993 ist Ernst Raffelsberger am Opernhaus Zürich als Chordirektor engagiert. Hier hat er inzwischen über 100 Premieren betreut und mit vielen nam­haften Dirigenten wie Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta und Franz Welser-Möst zusammengearbeitet. Gastspiele mit dem Opernhaus Zürich führten ihn nach Wien, London, Paris und Tokio. Zahlreiche CD- und DVD-Aufnahmen dokumentieren diese Arbeit. Im Sommer 2012 begann zusätzlich seine Tätigkeit als Chordirek­tor der Salzburger Festspiele. Er ist dort für die Produktionen der Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor verantwortlich. In seiner ersten Festspielsaison kam es u.a. zu einer erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit mit Riccardo Muti und Sir Simon Rattle.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Madama Butterfly14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29 Dec 2017; 01, 05, 07, 10 Jan 2018 La fanciulla del West26, 30 Dec 2017; 07, 12 Jan 2018 Fidelio30 Nov; 03, 08, 13 Dec 2017 Idomeneo07, 10, 13, 16, 18, 23, 27 Feb; 02 Mar 2018 Jewgeni Onegin27, 30 Sep; 08, 13, 19, 22, 25, 28 Oct 2017 Galaconcert Edita Gruberova18 Feb 2018 Das Land des Lächelns16, 19, 22, 26, 29 Jun 2018 L’Heure espagnole / L’Enfant et les sortilèges21, 26, 28 Jan; 01 Feb 2018 Maria Stuarda11, 14, 17, 20, 26, 29 Apr; 02, 05, 09, 12 May 2018 Tosca27, 29 Oct; 01, 04 Nov 2017 Werther13, 18, 21, 24, 29 May 2018 Die Zauberflöte29 Sep; 05, 10, 15 Oct 2017


Dominik Slavkovský, Drosselmeier

Dominik Slavkovský

Dominik Slavkovský is Slovak. After training at the Bratislava Dance Conservatory, he danced for five years in the ballet of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, most recently as a demi-soloist. He has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2014/15 season. In choreographies by Christian Spuck he has appeared in the title role of Woyzeck, as Drosselmeier in Nutcracker and Mouse King, as Coppelius in Der Sandmann, and as Paris in Romeo and Juliet. He has also danced in choreographies by George Balanchine, Uwe Scholz, Alexei Ratmansky, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Nacho Duato, Marco Goecke, Edward Clug, James Kudelka, Vladimir Malakhov, and many others. He showed his choreographies How to save the world and Conspiracy as a part of the Young Choreographers series.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Michelle Willems, Marie

Michelle Willems

Michelle Willems is French. She studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and at the Atelier Rudra-Béjart in Lausanne. After two seasons with the Junior Ballet, she joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2016/17 season. After solo tasks in Giselle and Schwanensee she danced Kitty in Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina, Marie in Spuck's Nussknacker und Mausekönig as well as Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust – Das Ballett. She has also performed choreographies by William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite and Filipe Portugal. In 2018 she received the «Dance Prize of the Friends of the Ballett Zürich».

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee08, 12, 15, 17, 23 Jun 2018


Daniel Mulligan, Fritz

Daniel Mulligan

Daniel Mulligan comes from Great Britain and studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. After two seasons with the Junior Ballet, he joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2009/10 season. He has appeared as a soloist in many of Heinz Spoerli's choreographies. He danced Mercutio/Benvolio in Christian Spuck's Romeo and Juliet as well as in ballets by Mats Ek (Sleeping Beauty), Hans van Manen (Solo, Kammerballett), Edward Clug (Chamber Minds, Le Sacre du printemps), Sol León/Paul Lightfoot (Skew-Whiff, Speak for Yourself), William Forsythe (Quintett), Jiří Kylián (Gods and Dogs), Ohad Naharin (Minus 16), Marco Goecke (Petrushka), Filipe Portugal (Corpus), Douglas Lee, and Crystal Pite. Recent leading roles have included Mephisto in Faust - The Ballet by Edward Clug, Fritz in Christian Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King and Stiva in Spuck's Anna Karenina.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 13, 23 May 2018


William Moore, Drosselmeiers Neffe / Nussknacker / Prinz

William Moore

William Moore is British and studied at the Royal Ballet School in London. He has won prizes at international ballet competitions. He has belonged to the Stuttgart Ballet since 2005, and was appointed as principal dancer there in 2010. Important roles were Siegfried in Swan Lake, Lensky in Onegin and Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew (all by John Cranko), Armand in Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias, Leonce in Christian Spuck's Leonce and Lena, the title role in Marco Goecke's Orlando, Albrecht in Giselle by Anderson/Savina, Colas in Ashton's La fille mal gardée. In 2012 Moore was awarded the German Theater Prize DER FAUST. Since the 2012/13 season he has been principal dancer with the Ballett Zürich. Important roles include Romeo in Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Vronsky in Anna Karenina, the Nutcracker in Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King, Mephisto in Faust by Edward Clug and Petrushka in the choreography by Marco Goecke. He has also appeared in pieces by Wayne McGregor, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Douglas Lee, and Jiří Kylián. In 2018 he received the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre02, 05 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018


Yen Han, Clown

Yen Han

Chinese-American dancer Yen Han studied with Stefan Mucsi and Paul Maure in Los Angeles, at the Hartford Ballet School, at the San Francisco Ballet, and at the Beijing Dance Academy. After engagements with the Jeune Ballet de France and the Ballet de Nice, she was engaged as a principal dancer in the Ballett Zürich in 1994, where she has proven to be one of the most versatile and charismatic dancers in a variety of leading roles. Heinz Spoerli choreographed Le Sacre du printemps, Peer Gynt, Daphnis et Chloé, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for her. She worked with Mats Ek on Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), and at the Royal Swedish Opera on Romeo and Juliet (Juliet). Other important choreographers she has worked with include Nicholas Beriozoff, Hans van Manen, Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Mauro Bigonzetti, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Patrice Bart, Lin Hwai Min, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Martin Schläpfer, and Filipe Portugal. She has been seen in works by Christian Spuck, as Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Court Master (Leonce and Lena), Kitty (Anna Karenina), in Messa da Requiem and as the Clown (Nutcracker and Mouse King). In 2013 she was honored with the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich and the Outstanding Female Dancer prize at the Swiss Dance Awards.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Matthew Knight, Clown

Matthew Knight

Matthew Knight is British. He completed his training at the Elmhurst School and the Royal Ballet School in London. After a season with the Junior Ballet, he joined the Ballett Zürich in the 2013/14 season. He presented works by Jane Doe and Mocambo as part of the Young Choreographers series. He has danced in choreographies by Mats Ek (Cavalier in Sleeping Beauty), William Forsythe, Marco Goecke (Moor in Petrushka), Jiří Kylián, Douglas Lee, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Hans van Manen, Wayne McGregor, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, and Filipe Portugal. He was Leonce in Christian Spuck's Leonce and Lena, Nathanael in Spuck's Sandmann and the Clown in Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King. In 2018 he also appeared as Faust in Edward Clug's ballet of the same name. In 2016 he was awarded the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 13, 23 May 2018


Giulia Tonelli, Prinzessin Pirlipat

Giulia Tonelli

Giulia Tonelli comes from Italy. She graduated from the Balletto di Toscana and the Ballet School of the Vienna State Opera. After her first engagement at the Vienna State Opera, she danced from 2002 to 2010 with the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, and from 2004 as a demi-soloist. There she danced Giselle (Petipa) as well as solo roles in choreographies of Forsythe, Balanchine, Kylián, Haydée, and Spuck. She has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2010/11 season, where she has performed ballets by Spoerli, Goecke, McGregor, Lee, Forsythe, Kylián, and Balanchine. She danced Juliet in Christian Spuck's Romeo and Juliet, Lena in Spuck's Leonce and Lena and Betsy in Anna Karenina. In Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction she danced in the Pas de trois, and she also performed in Forsythe's Quintet and Spuck's Messa da Requiem. Last season's highlights include Emergence by Crystal Pite and Gretchen in Edward Clug's Faust - The Ballet. During the "Young Choreographers" presentation she performed the works Mind Games and Klastos together with Mélissa Ligurgo. In 2013 she was awarded the Giuliana Penzi Prize. In 2017 she received the Dance Prize of the Friends of Ballett Zürich.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Petruschka / Sacre22 Mar; 02 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee09 Jun 2018


Giuditta Vitiello, Frau Mauserinks

Giuditta Vitiello

Giuditta Vitiello is from Italy. After studying under Oxana Kichenko, at the École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower and with the Cannes Jeune Ballet, she joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders, where she performed in choreographies by Marcia Haydée, Auguste Bournonville and Marius Petipa (as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty). This is her second Junior Ballet season.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig16, 17 Mar 2018


Mélissa Ligurgo, Frau Mauserinks

Mélissa Ligurgo

Mélissa Ligurgo comes from Belgium and studied at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp. She danced in John Cranko’s Onegin (Tatiana), as well as in ballets by Forsythe, Kylián, Dawson, and Robbins, at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. At the Ballet Basel she performed in Preljocaj’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) in the 2011/12 season. Since the 2012/13 season she has belonged to the Ballett Zürich and has danced Lena in Leonce and Lena by Christian Spuck and Frau Mauserinks in Nutcracker and Mouse King. She has also appeared in choreographies by Wayne McGregor and Douglas Lee. As part of the Young Choreographers series, she presented Mind Games, Individuo and Klastos.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Cohen Aitchison-Dugas, Mausekönig

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas

Cohen Aitchison-Dugas is Canadian. He studied at the École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec and at Canada's National Ballet School. In the 2015/16 season he danced in the Nutcracker with the Grands Ballets Canadiens. After two seasons with the Junior Ballet, he joined the Ballett Zürich this season. He has performed in Jacopo Godani’s rituals from another when, in Filipe Portugal's Behind the mirror and danced the role of the Mouse King in Christian Spuck's Nutcracker and Mouse King, among others.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018


Elena Vostrotina, Schneekönigin

Elena Vostrotina

Elena Vostrotina comes from St. Petersburg. She received her ballet education at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. In 2003 she became a member of the Mariinsky Ballet. There she danced among others Odette/Odile in Swan Lake (Petipa/Ivanov), Myrtha in Giselle (Coralli/Perrot), Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote (Gorsky) and in Approximate Sonata (Forsythe). In 2006 she was engaged by Aaron S. Watkin at the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. Here she was appointed principal dancer and danced a wide repertoire of classical, neoclassical, and modern ballets. She has collaborated with renowned choreographers and performed at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater in Moscow, at the State Theater Novosibirsk, at the “Roberto Bolle and Friends” gala and at the Ballets Bubeníček. Elena Vostrotina has been a principal dancer at the Ballett Zürich since the 2017/18 season. Last season she appeared in Zurich as Odette/Odile in Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction and as Witch/Helena of Troy in Edward Clug's Faust - The Ballet.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee08, 12 Jun 2018


Jan Casier, Schneekönig

Jan Casier

Jan Casier was born in Belgium. He studied at the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp. From 2008 to 2012 he was a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders where he danced in ballets by John Cranko, William Forsythe, David Dawson, and Christian Spuck. He appeared in David Dawson's Faun(e) as a guest at the English National Ballet. From 2012 to 2014 he was a member of the Ballett Zürich, where he performed roles in numerous Christian Spuck ballets, including Leonce in Leonce and Lena, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, and the title role of Woyzeck. He also danced in choreographies by Edward Clug, Sol León/Paul Lightfoot, Marco Goecke, and Wayne McGregor. From 2014 to 2016 he was a member of the Semperoper Ballett Dresden. There he performed in choreographies by Aaron Watkins (Prince in The Nutcracker), William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, David Dawson, and Alexander Ekman. In 2015 he appeared at the ballet gala in Taipei (Taiwan). He returned to the Ballett Zürich in 2016. Since his return, he has danced in Forsythe's Quintett, Godani’s rituals from another when and performed the title role of Faust - The Ballet by Edward Clug.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018


Viktorina Kapitonova, Zuckerfee

Viktorina Kapitonova

Viktorina Kapitonova, who is a native of Russia, studied at the Kazan Ballet School and Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre Academy. The winner of both the Young Ballet of Russia competition and the Arabesque contest of 2008, from 2005 onwards she danced at the Jalil Opera House in Kazan, performing solo roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Coppélia  and The Nutcracker. She was a member of the Stanislavsky Ballet for the 2008/09 season; and she joined Ballett Zürich in 2010, since when her performances have included Odette/Odile in Heinz Spoerli’s Swan Lake, solos in Spoerli’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wäre heute morgen und gestern jetzt, ...und mied den Wind  and Goldberg Variations, Rosetta in Christian Spuck’s Leonce and Lena, the nurse in Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet and the leading role in Spuck’s Anna Karenina. She has also been seen in choreographies by Balanchine, Ek, Forsythe, Kylián, Lee, McGregor and Schläpfer. She presented her choreography Two Bodies – One Soul as part of the company’s Young Choreographers programme. As Giselle/Myrtha she was seen in Patrice Bart’s Giselle, alongside Roberto Bolle and Friedemann Vogel. She was also the recipient of the Friends of Ballett Zürich’s Dance Prize for 2015. Last season her roles included Odette/Odile in the reconstruction of Swan Lake by Alexei Ratmansky as well as Olimpia in Christian Spuck’s Der Sandmann.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 21 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee09, 23 Jun 2018


Anna Khamzina, Blumenwalzer Solo

Anna Khamzina

Anna Khamzina comes from Russia and received her dance education at the Natalia Trishina and Yuly Medvedev School of Classic Dance. She was a principal dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theater in Moscow, where she appeared as Giselle, in the title role of John Neumeier's The Little Mermaid (for which she was awarded the Golden Mask Theater Prize), as well as in Vladimir Burmeister's Swan Lake and La Esmeralda, Dmitry Bryantsev's Illusive Ball, and Pierre Lacotte’s La Sylphide. She has also worked with choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Jorma Elo, and Nacho Duato. From 2013 to 2015 she danced at the Aalto Ballet Theater Essen. There she was seen as the Good Fairy (Cinderella), Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Giselle (David Dawson). She has been a member of the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. She has appeared as Odette/Odile in Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction, as Olympia in Christian Spuck's Der Sandmann, in Forsythe's Quintett and Godani’s rituals from another when, as well as in the title role of Christian Spuck's Anna Karenina.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet13, 23 May 2018


Alexander Jones, Blumenwalzer Solo

Alexander Jones

Alexander Jones comes from the United Kingdom. He received his dance training at the Royal Ballet School in London. In 2004 he won the gold medal in the Adeline Genée Competition and the Dame Ninette de Valois Prize. In the 2005/06 season he became a member of the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed principal dancer in 2011/12. In Stuttgart he has appeared as Armand Duval in Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias, Romeo in Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, in the title roles of Cranko’s Onegin and Kevin O'Days Hamlet, as Basilio in Maximiliano Guerra's Don Quixote and in MacMillan's Lied von der Erde. He has also danced in choreographies by Balanchine, Robbins, Ashton, Schaufuss, Tetley, Béjart, Haydée, van Manen, Forsythe, Lee, McGregor, Clug, and Spuck. Alexander Jones has been principal dancer of the Ballett Zürich since the 2015/16 season. Here he has danced Prince Siegfried in Alexei Ratmansky's Swan Lake reconstruction, Albrecht in Patrice Bart’s Giselle and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Nathanael in Der Sandmann and Vronsky in Anna Karenina (all by Christian Spuck), among others.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig20, 29 Oct; 03, 10, 11 Nov; 09, 12, 15, 17 Dec 2017; 02, 03, 28 Feb; 01, 16, 17 Mar; 13, 15 Apr 2018 Faust - The Ballet06, 10, 13, 21, 23 May; 01 Jun 2018 Schwanensee08, 09, 12, 23 Jun 2018