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La Cenerentola | Gioachino Rossini

"La Cenerentola" is Rossini’s version of "Cinderella" and one of the world’s most beautiful bel canto operas. The libretto was written ...

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Iphigénie en Tauride | Christoph Willibald Gluck

Iphigénie was saved from being sacrificed – but at what price! Isolated, she survives on a foreign island entrusted with a terrible task: she must kill ...

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Pique Dame | Peter I. Tschaikowsky

The outsider Herman loves Liza, who is engaged to Prince Yeletsky. Herman is a passionate gambler: he is desperate to win a fortune and reputation in order to ...

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Rigoletto | Giuseppe Verdi

Never one to miss an opportunity to make fun of others, the hunchback jester Rigoletto is employed by the Duke of Mantua. His only joy in life is his daughter ...

next performance: Friday 23. Feb. 2018

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Salome | Richard Strauss

“Bring me the head of Jochanaan!” King Herod must fulfil the outrageous demand of his daughter Salome – bound by his promise to give her whatever she ...

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Lohengrin | Richard Wagner

Elsa of Brabant is suspected of having killed her younger brother Gottfried in the forest. This accusation is put forward by Friedrich of Telramund, Count of ...

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La Bohème | Giacomo Puccini

“How ice-cold is this little hand” – a hand held by the poet Rodolfo in the darkness of his artists’ commune! The ice-cold hand belongs to the ...

next performance: Saturday 02. Dec. 2017

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Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) | Engelbert Humperdinck

“Don‘t you know the horrible dark place, don’t you know the evil one lives there?” Hastily, their parents set out for the woods to save Hansel and ...

next performance: Sunday 17. Dec. 2017

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Le Nozze di Figaro | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

During times of historical upheaval, the victors are filled with euphoric jubilation while fear spreads on the side of the losers. When cheerfulness grips the ...

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Les Troyens | Hector Berlioz

Berlioz‘ reading of Virgil’s Aeneid reduces the story of the mythical founding of Rome by Aeneas to the tragic conflict between two dispossessed persons. In ...

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Daphne | Richard Strauss

“The feast is strange to me, strange,” Daphne says to Leukippos, her childhood friend who desires her, on this day of ecstatic celebrations honouring ...

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Macbeth | Giuseppe Verdi

Lady Macbeth has almost reached her goal: having incited her husband to murder King Duncan, she has become queen at Macbeth’s side. Her happiness, however, is ...

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Guillaume Tell (William Tell) | Gioachino Rossini

The love between Arnold, son of a Swiss subject, and Mathilde, daughter of an Austrian despot, hardly has a chance of survival. Tell leads the rebels ...

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Tosca | Giacomo Puccini

Scarpia, Rome’s chief of police, desires Tosca. Since her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, is among the government’s political enemies, Scarpia has him ...

next performance: Wednesday 21. Mar. 2018

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Carmen | Georges Bizet

“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” – “Love is a wild bird”: in her famous Habanera, Carmen sings about the fickleness of this strongest of feelings. ...

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L'Elisir d'Amore | Gaetano Donizetti

California in 1850: hundreds of thousands have fallen for the gold rush – and some of them also for the barkeeper Minnie, at whose saloon various fortune ...

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Dialogues des Carmélites | Francis Poulenc

With his "Dialogues des Carmélites", premiered in Milan in 1957, the French composer Francis Poulenc switched sides. At first it seems only a ...

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Almira | Georg Friedrich Händel

The young woman Almira is to be queen and marry the offspring of her advisor Consalvo – thus the decree in her father’s will. Her heart, however, already ...

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Lucia di Lammermoor | Gaetano Donizetti

Intrigues destroy the love of the Scottish noblewoman Lucia for Edgardo of Ravenswood: while he is in France, Lucia’s brother Enrico takes advantage of his ...

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Fürst Igor (Prince Igor) | Alexander Borodin

Together with his troops, Prince Igor sets out to fight the wild tribe of the Polovtsy. He leaves his wife Yaroslavna behind in the care of her brother, Prince ...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream | Benjamin Britten

The elves’ magical kingdom is a place of turbulence: its rulers, Oberon and Tytania, are at odds with each other; Hermia and Lysander flee into the forest to ...

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Madama Butterfly | Giacomo Puccini

Nagasaki, Japan, ca. 1900: Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the American navy, has fallen in love with Cio-Cio-San, also known as “Butterfly”. The Japanese ritual ...

next performance: Sunday 25. Jun. 2017

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Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“This is where I am to see her?” Belmonte can hardly believe it: he has arrived at Bassa Selim’s palace. There his fiancée Konstanze, who was ...

next performance: Saturday 24. Jun. 2017

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Cavalleria rusticana / I Pagliacci | Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Turiddu and Santuzza are a couple; he has promised to marry her. However, when Turiddu meets up with his old love Lola again, he hardly ...

next performance: Friday 22. Sep. 2017

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Der Freischütz (The Marksman) | Carl Maria von Weber

Agathe is betrothed to Max, but an old custom might yet destroy their happiness: Max must hit the mark in his trial shooting. Caspar, who is in league with the ...

next performance: Sunday 01. Oct. 2017

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La Traviata | Giuseppe Verdi

Violetta is the most sought-after prostitute of the Parisian demimonde. However, her encounter with Alfredo makes her pleasure-seeking life seem questionable: ...

next performance: Friday 06. Oct. 2017

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Simon Boccanegra | Giuseppe Verdi

“The human heart is a source of eternal suffering,” thus a line from this Verdi opera, held in particularly high regard by cognoscenti. The fact that it ...

next performance: Sunday 15. Oct. 2017

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Isoldes Abendbrot | Christoph Marthaler

There is hardly a daydream passing through the heads of those wide awake more frequently (and more secretly) than staging one’s own disappearance. This ...

next performance: Saturday 18. Nov. 2017

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Wozzeck | Alban Berg

Georg Büchner’s drama “Woyzeck” (1836), which was found as a fragment in his papers posthumously, tells the story of a soldier who becomes the ...

next performance: Sunday 19. Nov. 2017

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La Belle Hélène | Jacques Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach’s stage work includes 102 scores – his opéra bouffe “La Belle Hélène” is one of his greatest successes. Unhappy ...

next performance: Monday 25. Dec. 2017

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Die Walküre | Richard Wagner

Wotan wants to create a free hero to win back the ring. However, his experiment with the Wälsungen fails: the god is forced to sacrifice Siegmund, and ...

next performance: Sunday 07. Jan. 2018

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Stilles Meer | Toshio Hosokawa

A hill. The view broadens. The sea. Claudia stands here often recently, ever since her husband Takashi and her son Max died. Lanterns bobbing on the sea for the ...

next performance: Wednesday 31. Jan. 2018

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Eugene Onegin | Peter I. Tschaikowsky

Young Tatyana falls in love with Eugene Onegin, and confesses her love for him, against all convention. When he pretends that marriage is not for him, she weds ...

next performance: Saturday 10. Feb. 2018

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Il Barbiere di Siviglia | Gioachino Rossini

Make way! Here comes Figaro, the best barber in Seville, jack of all trades – and a welcome supporter to Count Almaviva. The count, however, is not concerned ...

next performance: Sunday 11. Feb. 2018

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Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) | Richard Wagner

Fortunately, this work is not only performed every seven years: Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer is about a mariner damned to sail the seas until ...

next performance: Tuesday 13. Feb. 2018

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Aida | Giuseppe Verdi

The opera “Aida”, one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most well-known works, is set in the land of the Pharaohs. Aida, the beautiful daughter of the Ethiopian king, ...

next performance: Sunday 25. Mar. 2018

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Faust | Charles Gounod

Even as a young man, Charles Gounod felt attracted by the story of Goethe’s “Faust”. For his opera composition, however, he was only interested in the ...

next performance: Sunday 15. Apr. 2018

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Das Rheingold | Richard Wagner

The Rhinemaidens are lounging on a huge bed; in the attic, Wotan is tinkering with his model of the world; and from his heating cellar, Alberich tries to wrest ...

next performance: Friday 18. May. 2018

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Le Nozze di Figaro | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

During times of historical upheaval, the victors are filled with euphoric jubilation while fear spreads on the side of the losers. When cheerfulness grips the ...

next performance: Thursday 14. Jun. 2018

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