Swiss Re has been a production sponsor of the Opernhaus Zürich since 1960. The unique ensemble of the Opernhaus Zürich enchants domestic and international audiences alike with its performances from both the classical and modern repertoire.
The Opera was founded as the "Actien-Theater" in 1834. The original "Actien-Theater" burnt down in 1890 and was replaced by Fellner und Helmer and was thereafter known as "Stadttheater". Between 1982 and1984, the Opera House as it stands today was renovated and enlarged. The Opera orchestra and the Tonhalle orchestra parted ways in 1985, which is when the new Opera Orchestra was founded.
The venue was renamed Opernhaus in 1964 and seats 1 100. In 2012, Andreas Homoki succeeded Alexander Pereira as the director of the Opernhaus Zürich.
Swiss Re sponsors the Baroque opera cycle. After last year's kick-off with "Sale", a production by Christoph Marthaler, Swiss Re is now eagerly awaiting "Alcina", which premieres on 26 January 2014.
Premiere 26 January 2014
With this magical work, Georg Friedrich Handel created his arguably richest and most beautiful operatic score, which premiered in London in 1735. The work is based on episodes from Ariosto’s "Orlando furioso", at the centre of which is the seductive Alcina, who owes her attractive appearance to her magical powers.
Usually, the enchantress Alcina turns her former lovers into stones, animals or plants. This time is different: she finds her true love in Ruggiero, a castaway on her island. Ruggiero falls under her spell, happily and completely. But when his fiancée finds him, a dizzying whirlwind of passions ensues.
The Opernhaus Zürich production stars none other than Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, under the direction of Christof Loy. Giovanni Antonini conducts the Orchestra La Scintilla, a period instrument ensemble. “Alcina” is a gem of a Baroque opera, and Swiss Re is delighted to actively support this production.
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