«La fanciulla del West»

In the celebrated production by Barrie Kosky

Revival 21 Dec 2017
Performance on 21, 26, 30 Dec 2017; 07, 12 Jan 2018


Musical advent calendar

What is Christmas without music?
This year you can look forward to Christmas with our musical advent calendar again. In the foyer of the Opera House, from the 1st to 23rd December, there will be free daily concerts by musicians from the Philharmonia Zurich, ensembles of the Opera House and members of the International Opera Studio to beautify the Christmas season. The concert will take place on the same day, as the advent doors are opened on our website and Facebook.

1st to 23rd of December
Daily at 5.30 pm (doors open at 5.20 pm)
Free entrance


Musical advent calendar door 11

Duetto for cello and contrabass by Gioachino Rossini

Dariusz Mizera, Contrabass
Lev Sivkov, Cello


Fabio Luisi is a perfumer, did you know that?

Win one of five of his own creations!




Christmas paradise for children on the terrace of the opera house


Song recital

Piotr Beczala

At the end of last season, Piotr Beczala astonished the audience as Prince SouChong in Franz Lehár's operetta Das Land des Lächelns. Before he can be experienced as Werther in the same named opera by Jules Massenet in May 2018, he will first return to the Zurich Opera House with a song recital.

Accompanied by Sarah Tysman on the piano, he will not only interpret songs by Ottorino Respighi, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Francesco Paolo Tosti, but also rarities by the two Polish composers Stanislaw Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski.

Performance on 11 Jan 2018



The SRF Kulturplatz has devoted a whole program to the Opernhaus Zürich and, among other things, reports on this year's season opening party and accompanies the artists and staff in their work. The program is available online in the SRF Media Library. +++ Michael Fichtenholz will be appointed opera director at the Opernhaus Zürich from the 2018/19 season. +++ In the revival Werther, Melissa Petit will sing the role of Sophie instead of Rebeca Olvera. +++ In the new production Madama Butterfly, the following roles are exchanged: Uncle Bonze is sung by Ildo Song, instead of Stanislav Vorobyov. The Imperial Commissioner is sung by Stanislav Vorobyov instead of Ildo Song. +++ Opernhaus Zürich is nominated for the International Classical Music Award 2018 (ICMA) with Messa da Requiem, Rachmaninov Piano Trios and Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. +++ In the concert performance of the opera La Fille du régiment, the tenor René Barbera will sing the role of Tonio instead of Javier Camarena.