Musical Advent Calendar

From the 1st to the 23rd of December, free concerts take place daily at 17.3O to make the Christmas time even more beautiful. Watch the video to see today's concert programme.


The trailer of Sweeney Todd

Steven Sondheim has called Sweeney Todd a «black operetta», and this musical, which won eight Tony Awards after it premièred on Broadway in 1979, is indeed a blackly humorous affair...

«Nussknacker und Mausekönig» instead of «Winterreise»

Due to a high number of injuries in the main cast of Winterreise the performance on Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018 at 7pm cannot be staged. Instead, we are pleased to announce an additional performance of the highly acclaimed Nussknacker und Mausekönig by Christian Spuck.

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Nibble, nibble, gnaw

Based on the famous fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm, Engelbert Humperdinck created an opera for children and adults equally.


Song recital

Javier Camarena

A song recital by Javier Camarena will be presented to the Zurich public in the pre-christmas period: on 19 December, the Mexican star tenor will return to his former main opera house. His musical baggage includes arias by the Spanish composer and singer Manuel Garcia (1775-1832), father of the famous opera singer Maria Malibran: «Cara gitana del alma mía» from El gitano por amor, the French aria «Vous dont l'image» from La mort du Tasse and «En mi comedia juntamente» from El poeta Calculista, Garcia's most famous opera about a poor poet. The first part of the recital is complemented by the aria «Là dai regni dell'ombre e di morte» from Zingareli's opera Giulietta e Romeo. More well-known works by Bellini, Donizetti, Massenet and Cilea follow in the second part of the programme. On the piano, Javier Camarena is accompanied by Ángel Rodriguez.

19 Dec 2018



Intendant Andreas Homoki and Ballet director Christian Spuck extend their contract until 2025, Gianandrea Noseda becomes the new General Music Director from the 2021/22 season. +++ 22 opera houses, 14 countries, one new opera season for Europe. The European culture channel ARTE Concert presents outstanding productions, great classics, exciting novelties and rediscoveries of the most important opera stages in Europe on its new digital ARTE Opera Season. Hippolyte et Aricie from the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, will be broadcast from 8 Dec. +++ SRF Kulturplatz dedicates an entire episode to the case of Kirill Serebrennikov and our new production Così fan tutte (in German). +++ Our two DVDs of Werther and Das Land des Lächelns are nominated for the International Classical Music Award 2019. +++