Zurich Opera Season 2015/2016 Highlights

These are the new opera productions:


  • Wozzeck (Berg) Luisi (cond.), Homoki (prod.) with Christian Gerhaher as Wozzeck, Brandon Jovanovich and Gun-Brit Barkmin      from 13 Sept. 2015  (Note: there will be a concert performance at the South Bank on 2nd October 2015)
  • Norma (Bellini) Antonini (cond.), Caurier/Leiser (prods.) with Cecilia Bartoli as Norma ; a co-production with the Salzburg Festival    from 10th October 2015
  • La Bohème (Puccini) Franck (cond.), Tandberg (prod.)  with Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo and Guanqun Yu as Mimi   from 1st 2015
  • Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini) Rustioni (cond.), Marthaler (prod.) with Javier Camarena as Count Libenskof    from 6th December 2015
  • Die Hamletmaschine (Rihm) Feltz (cond.), Baumgarten (prod.)  from 24th January 2016
  • King Arthur (Purcell) Cummings (cond.), Fritsch (prod.) from 27th February 2016
  • Macbeth (Verdi) Currentzis (cond.), Kosky (prod.), with Markus Brück as Macbeth, Tajana Serjan as Lady Macbeth   from 3rd April 2016
  • Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) Altinoglu (cond.), Tcherniakov (prod.) with Jacques Imbrailo as Pélleas and Corinne Winters as Mélisande from 8th May 2016
  • I Puritani (Bellini) Luisi (cond.), Homoki (prod.) with Juan Diego Flórez as Lord Arturo Talbo and Pretty Yende as Elvira   from 19th June 2016


Opera revivals include:


  • Falstaff (Verdi)  Luisi (cond.), Bechtolf (prod.) with Bryn Terfel as Sir John Falstaff and Javier Camarena as Fenton   from 15th September 2015
  • Elektra (R. Strauss) Koenigs (cond.), Kusej (prod.) with Evelyn Herlitzius as Elektra, Emily Magee as Chrysothemis and Waltraud Meier as Klytamnestra  from 20th September 2015
  • The Turn of the Screw (Britten) Trinks (cond.), Essinger (prod.) with Pavol Breslik as Peter Quint and Layla Claire as the Governess  from 11th October 2015
  • The Pearl Fishers (Bizet) Rizzi (cond.), Herzog (prod.) with Olesya Golovnevna as Leila, Frédéric Antoun as Nadir and Etienne Dupuis as Zurga from 25th October 2015
  • La Traviata (Verdi) Fiore (cond.), Hermann (prod.) with Anita Hartig as Violetta   from 10th November 2015
  • Turandot (Puccini) Joel (cond.), del Monaco (prod.) with Nina Stemme as Turandot and Riccardo Massi as Calaf  from 12th December 2015
  • Don Pasquale (Donizetti) Mazzola (cond.), Asagaroff (prod.) with Javier Camarena as Ernesto, Carlos Chausson as the Don and Aleksandra Kurzak as Norina  from 17th January 2016
  • Rigoletto (Verdi)   Santi (cond.) Gürbaca (prod.) with Michael Fabiano as the Duke and Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto   from 31st January 2016
  • The Flying Dutchman (Wagner)  Kober (cond.), Homoki (prod.) with Michael Volle as the Dutchman, Christof Fischesser as Daland and Meagan Miller as Senta   from 13th February 2016
  • Count Ory (Rossini) Spinosi (cond.), Leiser/Caurier (prods.) with Cecilia Bartoli as Countess Adèle and Edgardo Rocha as Count Ory   from 6th March 2016
  • Carmen (Bizet)  Meister (cond.), Hartmann (prod.) with Christine Rice as Carmen and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Don José  from 26th March 2016
  • Magic Flute (Mozart)  Luisi (cond.) Gürbaca (prod.) with Mauro Peter as Tamino, Mari Eriksmoen as Pamina and Georg Zeppenfeld as Sarastro  from 9th April 2016
  • Orlando (Handel)  Christie (cond.) Herzog (prod.) with Bejun Mehta as Orlando
  • Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)  Steffens (cond), Bechtolf (prod.) with Julia Kleiter as Fiordiligi   from 29th May 2016
  • Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky)  (Michail) Jurowski (cond.), Carsen (prod.) with Brandon Jovanovich as Hermann
  • Tosca (Puccini)  Luisi (cond.), Carsen (prod.) with Catherine Naglestad as Tosca and Marcelo Alvarez as Cavaradossi
  • La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)  Dantone (cond.), Miller (prod.) with Ramon Vargas as Tito  from 1st July 2016


Ballet premières include:


  • Gods and Dogs (Kylian), In the Middle, somewhat elevated (Forsyth) and Minus 16 (Naharin) from 30th September 2015
  • Restless: New Sleep (Forsyth), Aria (Lee), Skew-Whiff (Leon/Lightfoot) and a new piece (Portugal) from 20th December 2015
  • Swan Lake (Ratmansky) from 6th February 2016
  • Der Sandmann (Spuck)   from 28th May 2016


Concerts with the Philharmonia Zurich include:


  • Bruckner 8 (original version) Luisi    27th September 2015
  • Shostakovich 10 Payare   29th November 2015
  • Prokofiev 5 Gimeno
  • Haydn 56, Mozart 35 Minasi (also with Julia Kleiter, sop.)
  • Rachmaninov 3 Noseda   21st February 2016
  • Tchaikovsky 5 Luisi  17th April 2016
  • Scheherazade Luisi  10th July 2016

The orchestra under Fabio Luisi will tour Germany (Friedrichshafen, Essen and Cologne in October 2015) with works by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky


Full details of all performances can be found on the opera house’s website www.opernhaus.ch.

Non-subscription tickets go on sale on 13th June 2015.




John Rhodes, Seen And Heard International






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