Performances for children

Family opera

Hänsel und Gretel

For children from the age of 8

With Hänsel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck created the most successful fairy tale opera of all time. Robert Carsen will be staging the piece for all the family.

Premiere 18 Nov 2018
22, 25 Nov; 12, 13, 15, 23, 26, 30 Dec 2018; 18, 20, 27 Jan; 17 Feb; 24 Mar; 20, 22, 25 Apr 2019

Fairy tales on a musical carpet

For 4- to 6-year-olds and their parents

This format is designed for our youngest audiences. An actor tells stories taken from children’s books. Opera singers and musicians bring the stories to life with their voices and musical instruments. The children are within arm’s reach of the artists and become closely involved in the action.

Fairy tales on a musical carpet «Nussknacker»
8, 9 Dec 2O18 and 19, 2O Jan 2O19

Fairy tales on a musical carpet «Hänsel und Gretel»
22, 23 Dec 2O18 and 9, 1O Mar 2O19

Fairy tales on a musical carpet «Gian und Giachen»
2, 3 Mar and 11, 12 May 2O19

15.3O clock
Duration: 50 minutes, CHF 15

Musical stories

For 6- to 9-year-olds and their parents

On the Studio Stage, children discover how stories can be told not only with words, but also with music. They experience the effect of music and familiarise themselves with a variety of instruments. Children and their parents are not mere spectators; they sing, dance and influence events, as well as performing on stage with the artists.

4, 5 May 2O19

3.30pm, duration: 75 min
Meeting point: ticket office
CHF 15

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office: +41 (0) 44 268 66 66


For 7- to 12-year-olds and their parents

In our story workshop, we throw the dice to determine which archetypal operatic figures – equipped with the appropriate props – to send on an adventure-filled journey. Together with the audience, the narrator, Christoph Betulius, improvises a story of heroes or princesses. Singers and musicians provide an associative accompaniment – consisting of Wagnerian leitmotifs or music from Mozart operas – for the situations that arise, which often elicit strong emotions.

The world of operas by Wagner
13, 14 Apr 2O19

The world of operas by Mozart
15, 16 Jun 2O19

3.3Opm, duration: 75 Min.
meeting point: ticket office

No longer in the repertoire

Childrens opera

Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse

For children from the age of 7

Frau Bartolotti lives alone and enjoys her life. Until the day when the postman delivers a huge tin can…

Premiere 22 Sep 2018
23, 26, 29, 30 Sep; 03 Oct; 01, 02, 05, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23 Dec 2018; 12, 13, 16 Jan 2019