Diana Damrau, Michael Volle & Annette Dasch Headline Opernhaus Zürich’s Three Free Live Streams

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Monika Rittershaus)

The Opernhaus Zürich has announced three live streams scheduled for Sept. 25 through 27, 2020.

In a statement, the company said, “After the painful cancellation of ‘oper für alle’ in June 2020 due to the Coronavirus, we are very pleased to announce that this popular format will be continued in digital form from Sept. 25-27, 2020. Thanks to the generous and loyal support of Zurich Versicherung, it has been made possible for us to preserve this beloved tradition, and present three star-studded Opernhaus Zürich productions live and free of charge worldwide on one weekend.”

The livestreams begin on Sept. 25 at 7.00pm with the premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta “Die Csárdásfürstin.” The work stars Annette Dasch, Pavol Breslik, Spencer Lang, and Rebeca Olvera.

On. Sept. 26 at 6:30pm, the company will broadcast the new production of “Boris Godunov” by Modest Mussorgsky starring Michael Volle. The weekend will conclude with Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” on Sept. 27 at 8:00pm starring Diana Damrau, Salome Jicia, and Paolo Fanale.

The three live streams will be available for 48 hours from the start of the performance on the Opernhaus homepage. The performances will be presented using the special production model developed for the Opernhaus Zürich. The full orchestra and choir will be broadcast live to the Opernhaus from an external rehearsal hall, in compliance with distancing regulations. This will be possible while maintaining the finest acoustic quality and without time delays.

Vocal soloists, meanwhile, will perform live on stage.