Charity gala

Opera Ball

The Zurich Opera Ball will celebrate its 20th anniversary on 14 March 2020. The Friends of Zurich Opera and Zurich Opera House invite you to attend what is probably Switzerland’s most elegant ball. There will be dancing and celebration in a glamorous atmosphere on every floor of the Opera House – a truly glittering evening that will end only in the small hours of the morning. All proceeds of this charity gala will support educational programmes for children and young people at Zurich Opera House.

Live broadcast

opera for all

For the people of Zurich, it has already become a cherished tradition: opera for all, the popular open-air event on Sechseläutenplatz. On an atmospheric summer evening, join more than 10,000 visitors and enjoy a live broadcast from the Opera House on a giant screen. Come with your friends and family, bring folding chairs, blankets and a picnic with you, or savour the delicacies offered on site. A colourful supporting programme will get you in the mood for director Sebastian Baumgarten’s thrilling production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic opera, Don Giovanni.

Introductory matinees

Ballett Discussions

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 2019/20

3 Nov / 2 Feb / 17 May / 14 Jun

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

Dance Workshop

open space tanz

open space tanz offers space for those who wish to engage with dance, independent of technique and pace. This weekly workshop is aimed at people who want to experiment, improvise, and create.

open space tanz is open for participants 16 years and older, and it is possible to join at any time.
Meeting point: Ticket office Opernhaus
Free entry

From 4 Sep 2019 Wednesday 19 to 21h

No longer in the repertoire


Season opening party

End of September it’s that time of year again – the Opera House is opening its doors after the summer break, inviting all to its annual opening party. Themed «Everybody dances», the Ballett Zürich is in the spotlight on this day. We will also be staging our successful children’s opera, Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse, on the Studio Stage, and on the main stage you will be able to attend the public dress rehearsal of Verdi’s Nabucco. 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 events are for free, tickets will be handed out for some performances.

21 Sep 2019

Christmas concerts

Musical Advent Calendar

Each day during the Christmas period, musicians from the Philharmonia Zurich and singers of the Opera House, the International Opera Studio and Chor der Oper Zürich 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

Costume Sale

At this year's Costume and Fabric Sale, trouvaillas from the opera house's large costume fundus will be sold.

Come to our studio stage on Saturday, 11 January 2020, between 10 am and 4 pm and browse through the colourful collection of costumes, headdresses and accessories from various styles and eras from opera and ballet. Fabrics and leftovers are also for sale. Cash payment only.

We are looking forward to your visit!

11 Jan 2020