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Live screening

opera for all

Opera – free open-air screening - For the fifth time, Zurich Opera House and Zurich Insurance invite you to experience a live broadcast on Sechseläutenplatz. Everyone is welcome to the popular open-air opera for all event, at which a live performance from the Opera House is broadcast on a large screen. You can look forward to an evening of opera in summer festival mood. Be there when approximately 10,000 visitors make themselves comfortable under the open sky in the heart of Zurich. Come with your friends and family, bring your folding chairs, picnic blanket and hamper, or savour the delicacies on offer. A colourful opening programme will get you in the mood for this huge complimentary event. On 16 June 2018, Franz Lehár’s operetta Das Land des Lächelns directed by Andreas Homoki.

Performance begins at 8 p.m., Pre-programme from 6 p.m.
Sechseläutenplatz, no reservation required, admission free

Introductory matinee 2017/18

We offer introductory matinees to every new production: during discussions with representatives of the Dramaturgy department, conductors, directors, set and costume designers will explain their view of the works.

Jewgeni Onegin

Nussknacker und Mausekönig

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

Madama Butterfly

Emergence

Idomeneo

Lunea

Maria Stuarda

Faust

La forza del destino

L'Incoronazione di Poppea

Ballett discussions 2017/18

At the Ballet Discussions held on four Sundays of the season, Ballet Director Christian Spuck and dramaturge Michael Küster present renowned choreographers, popular dancers from Zurich Ballet and promising young talents. They also discuss fascinating topics from the world of dance in connection with the current ballet programme.

Ballet discussion dates 2017/18

12 Nov  /  04 Feb  /  08 Apr  /  10 Jun

Always at 11.15 o'clock

Sat22Sep

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Season opening party

When people start queuing on Sechseläutenplatz at nine in the morning at the end of September, that time of year is upon us – the Opera House is opening its doors after the summer break. All are invited to the annual opening party. This time, we will be premièring our children’s opera Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse (Konrad or the Tin Can Child) on the Studio Stage, and on the main stage you will be able to attend the public dress rehearsal of Verdi’s Macbeth or a performance of Offenbach’s operetta, Evening Breeze. Of course, you will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour behind the scenes, explore the costume department and workshops, attend ballet workshops, and much more besides. As always, all these events are free of charge.

22 Sep 2018

Sat16Mar

Charity gala

Opera Ball

It’s that time of year again: on 16 March, Zurich Opera House will open its doors for a truly glittering ball. Under the patronage of the Friends of Zurich Opera, what is probably Switzerland’s most glamorous ball will be held in a truly unique setting. In the festively decorated ballroom, savour an exquisite dinner created by the Baur au Lac while enjoying a world-class artistic programme. The artistic atmosphere will be created by performances by opera stars, Zurich Ballet and the Philharmonia Zurich – before the young debutantes and debutants open the ball. Thereafter, there will be dancing and celebration on every floor of the Opera House until the small hours of the morning. Numerous bars throughout the building will offer relaxation and refreshment. The proceeds of this charity gala will support educational programmes for children and young people at Zurich Opera House.

16 Mar 2019

Sat22Jun

Live screening

ballet for all

After five successful opera for All events, for the first time, Zurich Opera House and Zurich Insurance invite you to the first edition of ballet for All. Join more than 10,000 visitors on Sechseläutenplatz and experience the moving story of Romeo and Juliet live from the Opera House on a big screen. Choreographer and Ballet Director Christian Spuck tells the most famous love story in world literature, using powerfully emotional images. Zurich Ballet and the Junior Ballet will dance to the colourful and expressive music of the composer Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Philharmonia Zurich under the direction of Michail Jurowski. Come with your friends and family, bring folding chairs, blankets and picnics, or savour the delicacies on offer. This major open-air event has now become a permanent fixture in Zurich’s cultural calendar.

Performance begins at 8 p.m., Pre-programme from 6 p.m.
Sechseläutenplatz, no reservation required, admission free

22 Jun 2019

Christmas concerts

Musical Advent Calendar

Each day during the Christmas period, musicians from the Philharmonia Zurich and singers from the Opera House and the International Opera Studio will invite you to a short, fifteen-minute concert in the Opera House foyer, performing both familiar and lesser-known works.

Programmes will be published at short notice on our homepage as well as on our Facebook page.

Daily at 5.3O p.m.
Doors open at 5.2O p.m., admission free

Ballett discussions 2018/19

On four Sundays in the season, Ballet Director Christian Spuck and Dramatic Adviser Michael Küster introduce renowned choreographers, audience favourites from Zurich Ballet and promising young talents in the Ballet Discussion. Taking the current ballet programme as their point of departure, they will also tackle exciting topics from the world of dance.

Ballet discussion dates 2018/19

18 Nov / 3 Feb / 24 Mar / 2 Jun

11.15 a.m.
CHF 1O incl. coffee and croissant

Introductory matinee 2018/19

We offer introductory matinees to accompany every new production: in conversation with our dramatic advisers, conductors, directors, set and costume designers explain their view of the works in question.

Die Gezeichneten 9 Sep 2018

Winterreise 3O Sep 2018

Così fan tutte 21 Okt 2018

Hänsel und Gretel 4 Nov 2018

Sweeney Todd 25 Nov 2018

Bella Figura 6 Jan 2019

Le Grand Macabre 2O Jan 2019

Nijinski 3 Mär 2019

Manon 24 Mär 2019

Il turco in Italia 14 Apr 2019

Hippolyte et Aricie 5 Mai 2019

Nabucco 2 Jun 2019

No longer in the repertoire

Charity gala

Opera Ball

Every March, Zurich Opera House opens its doors for a glittering ball full of culinary and cultural highlights. As a dinner guest, you will savour a delicious gala dinner prepared by the Hotel Baur au Lac before the ball is traditionally opened by the debutantes. Arias and duets sung by opera stars, thrilling performances by Zurich Ballet, and lively waltzes played by the Philharmonia Zurich are just some of the highlights you can look forward to. After the festive opening of the ball, you can dance and celebrate on all floors of the Opera House until the early hours. Numerous bars and lounges throughout the building offer you relaxation and refreshments. All proceeds of this charity gala will go to Zurich Opera’s teaching programmes for children and young people.

10 Mar 2018

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Season Opening party

Once again, we usher in the new season with a drum roll – with you, our audience! Take a peek behind the scenes, marvel at our workshops, stage machinery and costume department, and attend a performance of our new production of Jacques Offenbach’s Häuptling Abendwind, the revival of our successful children’s opera Hexe Hillary geht in die Oper, the public stage rehearsal of Richard Strauss’s Salome or one of our many ballet workshops. As always, our opening party is free of charge, and all are welcome.

23 Sep 2017