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Opera in Zurich

Il turco in Italia ∙ Don Pasquale Hansel und Gretel ∙ Cenerentola

Opera in Zurich

Begin the year with our small-group tour offering a vibrant weekend of superb music at Zurich’s opera house. Three humorous Italian classics of the bel canto era by Donizetti and Rossini are complemented by Humperdinck’s classic fairy tale opera.
We stay in the centre of Zurich with some sightseeing visits in the Aldstadt.



We meet at the Hotel in the afternoon and take an orientation tour followed by a welcome dinner before the first of our operas in this weekend of music. Rossini’s Il turco in Italia is a rarely heard, entertaining opera buffa which was revived in the 50’s with Maria Callas in the role of Fiorilla

Conductor Antonino Fogliani Producer Jan Philipp Gloger
Selim Kyle Ketelsen Donna Fiorilla Rosa Feola Don Geronio Renato Girolami
Don Narciso Mingjie Lei Prosdocimo Pietro Spagnioli Zaida Rebecca Olvera


In the morning we visit some notable landmarks including the Fraumünster which contains windows designed by Mark Chagall. The afternoon may include a ride up to the Uetliberg panorama – weather permitting. An early dinner at a local swiss restaurant is followed by tonight’s performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

Conductor Enrique Mazzola Producer Christoph Loy
Don Pasquale Dimitros Tiliakos Dr Malatesta Konstantin Shushakov
Ernesto Edgardo Rocha Norina Julie Fuchs


Sunday morning is spent at leisure with time for lunch before the afternoon performance of Hansel und Gretel

Conductor Paul Daniel Producer Robert Carson
Hansel Deniz Uzun Peter Ruben Drole Gertrud Sarah Castle Gretel Olga Kulchynska

After the performance there will be a break for relaxation and dinner before the evening performance of Rossini’s effervescent and vocally demanding La cenerentola. Cecilia Bartoli sings the title role.

Conductor Gianluca Capuano Producer Cesare Lievi
Angelina Cecilia Bartoli Don Ramiro Javier Camerana Dandini Oliver Widmer Don Magnifico Alessandro Corbelli Tisbe Liliana Nikiteanu Clorinda Martina Jankova Alidoro Stanislav Vorobyov


We enjoy a leisurely breakfast before guests depart. Zurich main station has a regular service to the airport and there are an excellent range of flights. There is also a through rail service to many German cities and to Paris