Opernhaus Zürich Announces Streaming Slate Featuring Piotr Beczala, Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato

By David Salazar
(Image Source: Official Website Opernhaus Zürich)

Opernhaus Zürich has announced that it will start streaming operas on its official website starting on March 27, 2020.

The service will last until June 1 with the company presenting operas between Fridays at 6 p.m. through Sunday at midnight. All works will be presented with subtitles in English, French, and German.

“We now offer the public an opportunity to participate in cultural life from the comfort of their living rooms, even in times of the coronavirus and social distancing. Between 27 March and 1 June 2020, the Opernhaus Zürich and @ballettzuerich will offer all recordings of opera and ballet performances online, free of charge. Consider it an intimate reunion with stars such as @joycedidonato@jdiego_florez@piotrbeczala, Christian Gerhaher, @michaelvolleofficial@saimirpirguofficial and many others,” the company said in its Instagram post.

First up on the slate will be “Dash Land des Lächelns” starring Piotr Beczala, Julia Kleiter, Rebeca Olvera, and Specher Lang, among others. It will be available between  March 27-29, 2020.

Between April 5 through 11, audiences can check out Verdi’s Requiem featuring Krassimira Stoyanova, Veronica Simeoni, Francesco Meli, Georg Zeppenfield with staging by Christian Spuck and conducted by Fabio Luisi.

On April 17-19, the company will showcase “I Capuleti ei Montecchi” with Joyce DiDonato and Olga Kulchynska. Fabio Luisi conducts.


On May 1 through 3, audiences can watch Michael Volle, Benjamin Bernheim, Georg Zeppefeld, Veronica Simeoni, and Anna Smirnova in Verdi’s “Nabucco.”

On May 15-17, audiences can see Berg’s “Wozzeck” with Christian Gerhaher in the title role. Fabio Luisi conducts a cast that also includes Brandon Jovanovich and Gun-Brit Barkmin.

Between May 21-24, the company will present “Werther” with Juan Diego Flórez in the title role. Anna Stéphany stars as Charlotte with Mélissa Petit as Sophia and Audun Iversen as Albert. Cornelius Meister conducts.

The final offering of the service, slated for May 30 – June 1, will be “Rigoletto” starring Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda, George Petean in the title role, and Saimir Pirgu as the Duca di Mantua. Fabio Luisi conducts.