Introductory matinee

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

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 2018/19

18 Nov / 3 Feb / 24 Mar / 2 Jun

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


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

No longer in the repertoire


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

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

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.