Opera House, Zürich
The neo-classica Zürich Opera - located at the Sechseläutenplatz - was opened 1891 and has space for 1100 visitors. An interesting fact is that almost identical copies of the building have been built in Zagreb/Kroatia (National Theater) and Wiesbaden/Germany (Hessisches Staatstheater). This opera house has a great historical significance, as many musical careers started here (for example Wilhelm Furtwängler), Richard Wagners "Parsifal" had its first performance outside of Germany here, and a significant number of famous opera and ballet works had their first performance in Zürich.
The Night after I arrived Zurich Opera House was in full swing wiht La Straniera being performed that evening and Opera by Vincenzo Bellini. The Opera house sits on the shores of the lake's left bank he historic Zurich Opera House is considered one of the very best opera houeses in the world and has many international opera stars singing in Zurich. They stages more than 270 performances annually, including opera and ballet productions, with most of them between September and July. Visitors may also tour the 1891 Neo-Baroque theater equipped with massive chandeliers and ornate ceiling molding. Beautiful setting on the lake
1. In the Zürich Opera House
2. Part of the cast of Elektra
What always amazes me about the Zürich Opera House is how small it is, especially in relation to the big-name stars who sing there.
They do manage to seat 1,100 people, but in quite a small space. There are only 416 seats on the main floor, and the rest are up on the three balconies. The people in the first row practically have their knees up against the wall of the orchestra pit, not like in Frankfurt where there is enough room for the singers to walk through and sing if the stage director decides to have them do that.
In fact that is exactly what happened in the newer Frankfurt staging of Elektra when Orest and his companion made their entrance through the auditorium and walked (singing and acting) between the orchestra pit and the first row of spectators before climbing a metal staircase to get up on stage. This kind of entrance would not be possible in Zürich.
In the second photo some of the dancers and extra players are taking their bows after the Zürich performance of Elektra, and also the singers of some of the smaller roles. (Camille Butcher is the third from the right in the first row, wearing a shiny black coat.)
1. Zürich Opera House from Bürkli-Platz
2. Zürich Opera House
3. Zürich Opera House
4. Stage entrance
5. The stage entrance at night
This opera house was designed and built in 1891 by the Vienna architects Fellner and Helmer, who were involved in building no less than 48 theaters and opera houses all over Europe between 1873 and 1919, including for instance the ones in Augsburg, Giessen and Wiesbaden.
It is a small to middle-sized theater with seats for 1,100 spectators.
Despite its modest size, the Zürich Opera is famous for putting on numerous new productions each season, many with big-name stars.
Also the Zürich Opera is highly successful at recruiting sponsors to pay for all this.
A late-baroque style building opened since 1891 is one of the most well known opera house in Switzerland. A most frequented cultural institution in the city, thanks to its varied program of productions.
Zurich's opera has a very diverse programm. Their website has an English version too. Entry prices are not cheap but if you can afford it, it's certainly worthwhile going. Don't take the cheapest seats as you will get only part of the view.
Ticket office: Monday till Saturday from 11 am till performance starts and if there is no performance then till 6.30 pm. On Sunday evening cashier only. You can order tickets by phone too. Check their website for all details.
We were doing a moonlight river walk when we happened by the Opera house. Outside the artists were giving a free performance as the ticket holders were entering the building. It gave me the impression of the warmth of a small town sharing its art with the citizenry. It was a very special start for our evening.
For a small city Zurich boasts an excellent Opera House, testifying to the continued wealth of the city’s inhabitants. The Opera House, which sits beside the lake, was built in 1890 by the Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer. Inside you’ll find the neo-baroque auditorium that seats 1100 and us completely preserved. The stage is modern and the acoustics are amazing.
World-class opera, ballet and symphony concerts are performed regularly from the end of August right through to the beginning of July. Falkenstrasse 1. Tel. +41 1268 6400.
A repertoire theater offers year-round exceptional programming. Falkenstrasse 1, phone 251 69 20
The Opera House was built in 1890. It holds 1,100. Besides Opera performances held here there are also ballet and symphony concerts.
On the way to Zurichhornpark before you reach the lovely leafy avenues you will come across the opera in a square.