Piotr Beczala, Juan Diego Flórez & Thomas Headline Opernhaus Zürich’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Zurich Opera has announced its 2019-20 season which will feature a whopping 11 opera premieres and 17 opera revivals.


 “The Makropulos Case” will be the first offering of the season with Evelyn Herlitzius starring as Emilia Marty. Other cast members will include Sam Furness, Kevin Conners, Deniz Uzun, Scott Hendricks, and Spencer Lang, among others. Dmitri Tcherniakov will direct while Jakub Hrusa conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 22 – Oct 22, 2019

 Handel’s ”Belshazzar” will be produced by Sebastian Baumgarten with Laurence Cummings at the podium. The cast will include Jakub Jósef Orlinksi, Layla Claire, Mauro Peter, Evan Hughes, and Tuva Semmingsen, among others.

Performance Dates: Nov. 3 – Dec. 6, 2019

 Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Coraline” will be next on the slate. Nina Russi will lead the new production with Ann-Katrin Stöcker as conductor. The cast will include Deanna Breiwick and Sandra Hamaoui alternating the title role, while Irène Friedli, Judith Schmid will play Mutter. Other cast members include Ronan Collett, Robin Adams, Iain Milne, Spencer Lang, and Sen Guo, among others.

Performance Dates: Nov. 16, 2019 – April 26, 2020

 Johannes Martin Kränzle and Dimitris Tiliakos will star as “Don Pasquale” in a production by Christof Loy. Julie Fuchs, Edgardo Rocha, and Konstantin Shushakov round out the cast. Enrique Mazzola and Carrie-Ann Matheson conduct.

Performance Dates: Dec. 8, 2019 – Jan. 9, 2020

Iphigénie en Tauride” will get a production with Cecilia Bartoli and Birgitte Christensen alternating the title role. Stéphane Degout will take on Orest while Frédéric Antoun will be Pylade. Gianluca Capuano conducts a production by Andreas Homoki.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2 – 28, 2020

 Strauss’ “Arabella” will be produced by Robert Carsen with Fabio Luisi and Ann-Katrin Stöcker conducting. Julia Ladder will take on the title role with Josef Wagner as Mandryka.

Performance Dates: March 1 – 31, 2020

 Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta “Die Csárdásfürstin” will be produced by Jan Philipp Gloger with Ulf Schirmer as musical director. The production will feature Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik, as well as Rebeca Olvera, Martin Zysset, and Spencer Lang.

Performance Dates: April 5 – May 3, 2020

Haydn’s “Il Mondo Della Luna” will feature Emil Naeshagen, Yulia Zasimova, Lina Dambraskaite, Katia Ledoux, Leonardo Sánchez, Thomas Erlank, and Luca Bernard. Tomo Sugao directs while Joseph Bastian conducts.

Performance Dates: April 30 – May 10, 2020

 Die Fledermaus” will be featured in a production by Stefan Huber with Rolf Sommer, Tobias Bonn, Christoph Marti, Gabriela Ryffel, Max Gertsch, and Katja Brauneis, among others. Kai Tietje conducts.

Performance Dates: May 15 – June 14, 2020

Stefan Wirth and Philip Littlel’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” will get its world premiere with a cast that includes Thomas Hampson as Jan Vermeer. Laura Aikin, Felicity Palmer, Lauren Snouffer, Dean Murphy, and Irène Friedli, will also star in the opera, which will be conducted by Peter Rundel. Ted Huffman directs.

Performance Dates: May 24 – June 19, 2020

 The company will host an Operetta Gala that will star Piotr Beczala and Camilla Nylund under the musical direction of Fabio Luisi.

Performance Dates: June 1, 3, 5, 2020

 Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani” is the final new production of the season. Calixto Bieito directs a cast that includes Maria Agresta, Quinn Kelsey, Bryan Hymel, and Alexander Vinogradov. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Performance Dates: June 21 – July 10, 2020


Gisbert Näther’s “Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse” returns to the Opernhaus with Severin Mauchle, Katharina Peetz, Irène Friedli, Flurin Caduff, Valeriy Murga, Lina Dambrauskaite, and Justyna Bluj. Ann-Katrin Stöcker conducts.

Performance Dates: Sept. 21 – Nov. 10, 2019 & Jan. 8 & 15, April 18-29, 2020

Dalibor Jenis and Catherine Naglestad headline Verdi’s “Nabucco” with Otar Jorjikia, Vitalij Kowaljow, and Veronica Simeoni. Fabio Luisi conducts and Plácido Domingo sings one performance in the title role.

Performance Dates: Sept. 24 – Oct. 13, 2019

Kristina Mkhitaryan, Liparit Avetisyan, and George Petean sing Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Fabio Luisi conducting David Hermann’s production.

Performance Dates: Sept. 26 – Oct. 11, 2019

Axel Kober conducts Weber’s “Der Freischütz” with Jacquelyn Wagner, Lydia Teuscher, Christof Fischesser, Benjamin Bruns, and Michael Hauenstein.

Performance Dates: Sept. 29 – Oct. 27, 2019

Ruzan Mantashyan, Anna Goryachova, Konstantin Shushakov, Alexey Neklyudov, Rebeca Olvera, and Michael Nagy join forces for Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” alongside conductor Ottavio Dantone.

Performance Dates: Oct. 20 – Nov. 8, 2019

Kyle Ketelsen, Rosa Feola, Renato Girolami, Pietro Spagnoli, and Rebeca Olvera star in Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” with  Antonino Fogliani.

Performance Dates: Dec. 10, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020

In time for the holiday season Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” returns to the stage with Deniz Uzun and Anna Stéphany sharing the title role of Hansel, and Olga Kulchynska and Sandra Hamaoui alternating as Gretel. The cast is rounded out by Martin Winkler, Ruben Drole, and Sarah Castle, Paul Daniel, and Michael Richter alternating at the pit.

Performance Dates: Dec. 15, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020

Mauro Peter, Wenwei Zhang, Olga Kulchynska, Sen Guo, Ruben Drole, and Yuliia Zasimova headline Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” with conductor Sascha Goetzel.

Performance Dates: Jan. 12 – 26, 2020 

Markus Poschner conducts Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with a cast that includes Oliver Widmer, Wolfgang Koch, Andreas Schager, Anja Kampe, Dimitry Ivashchenko, Mélissa Petit, and Spencer Lang.

Performance Dates: Jan. 21 – Feb. 9, 2020

Gun-Brit Barkmin and Christian Gerhaher headline Berg’s “Wozzeck” with Daniel Brenna and Hartmut Haenchen conducting.

Performance Dates: Feb. 9 – 18, 2020

Juan Diego Flórez makes his role debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s timeless “La Bohème.” He is joined by Ruzan Mantashyan in the lead role, Konstantin Shushakov, Jungrae Noah Kim, Stanislav Vorobyov, and Olga Kulchynska. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Performance Dates: March 8 – 29, 2020

Aleksandrs Antonenko sings his signature Otello in Verdi’s masterpiece with Guanqun Yu and Juan Jesús Rodríguez. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Performance Dates: March 17 – April 7, 2020

Marco Armiliato conducts Verdi’s “Aida” with Veronika Dzhioeva in the title role, Ksenia Dudnikova as Amneris, Stefano La Colla as Radamès, Luca Salsi as Amonasro, and Wenwei Zhang as Ramfis.

Performance Dates: April 19 – May 10, 2020

Saimir Pirgu, Ildebrando d’Arcangelo, Konstantin Shushakov, Anita Hartig, and Alexandra Kadurina star in Gounod’s “Faust” with Ryan McAdams conducting.

Performance Dates: May 9 – 23, 2020

Luca Pisaroni sings the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Jane Archibald, Mauro Peter, Wenwei Zhang, Sine Bundgaard, Andreas Wolf, Natalia Tanasii, and Georg Festl rounding out the cast. Riccardo Minasi conducts.

Performance Dates: May 30- June 13, 2020

Piotr Beczala sings the title role of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” with Elza van den Heever, Martin Gantner, Anna Smirnova, and Kwangchul Youn rounding out the cast. Simone Young conducts.

Performance Dates: June 28 – July 11, 2020

Varduhi Abrahamyan takes on the title role of Bizet’s “Carmen” with Adriana Gonzalez as Micaëla, Dmytro Popov as Don José, and Adrian Timpau as Escamillo.  Robert Trevino conducts.

Performance Dates: July 3 – 12, 2020