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Benefit concert for the International Opera Studio with the participation of Cecilia Bartoli

Zurich Opera House, Zurich, Switzerland
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Sunday 15 June 2025

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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Starts at: 14:00
Cast
Performers
Mezzo-Soprano: Cecilia Bartoli
Choir: Additional choir of the Zurich Opera House
Conductor: Gianluca Capuano
Orchestra: Orchestra La Scintilla
Creators
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Programme
Overview

From baroque to bel canto: works by Handel, Mozart, Rossini and others.

With a magnificent stage career spanning over 30 years, Cecilia Bartoli has established herself as one of the world's leading classical musicians. Born in Rome and trained by her mother, the singing teacher Silvana Bazzoni, Cecilia Bartoli was discovered by Daniel Barenboim, Herbert von Karajan and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She soon appeared with other leading conductors and major orchestras in all major opera houses and concert halls in North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, as well as at renowned festivals. Innovative projects dedicated to neglected music have become the hallmark of their work and have resulted in extensive concert tours, best-selling recordings, spectacular stage productions, innovative film formats and multimedia events. Cecilia Bartoli has been artistic director of the Salzburg Pentecost Festival since 2012; Since the beginning of 2023, she has also been director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo - the first woman in the history of this house. Les Musiciens du Prince – Monaco were also founded in Monte-Carlo in 2016 under the patronage of HRH Prince Albert II and HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover: With her orchestra playing historical instruments, Cecilia Bartoli performs both at her home base in Monte-Carlo and at large venues Tours throughout Europe. Milestones in her career included: In 1997 the very first production of Rossini's Cenerentola at the New York Met, the legendary Vivaldi album that has sold millions of copies since 1999, in 2008 the Paris concert marathon on Maria Malibran's 200th birthday, in 2013 her radical new approach to Bellini's Norma, the result of which was also a scientific edition of the reconstructed original score, as well as an acclaimed Rossini Week at the Vienna State Opera in 2022. The Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation was founded as part of Cecilia Bartoli's philanthropic work. Among other things, the foundation created a new label together with Decca, mentored by Bartoli. Thanks to this initiative, artists such as Javier Camarena and Varduhi Abrahamyan were able to record a studio album for the first time. Numerous medals and honorary doctorates, five Grammys, more than a dozen ECHO Klassik and BRIT Awards, the Polar Music Prize, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize and many other honors underline Cecilia Bartoli's importance to the world of culture and music. In this context, Europa Nostra elected Cecilia Bartoli as president, a position she assumed in 2022 for an initial five-year mandate.

Venue Info

Zurich Opera House - Zurich
Location   Sechseläutenplatz 1

Zürich Opera House is a main opera house in Zürich and Switzerland. Located at the Sechseläutenplatz, it has been the home of the Zürich Opera since 1891, and also houses the Bernhard-Theater Zürich. It is also home to the Zürich Ballet. The Opera House also holds concerts by its Philharmonia orchestra, matinees, Lieder evenings and events for children. The Zürich Opera Ball is organised every year in March, and is usually attended by prominent names.

The first permanent theatre, the Aktientheater, was built in 1834 and it became the focus of Richard Wagner’s activities during his period of exile from Germany.

The Aktientheater burnt down in 1890. The new Stadttheater Zürich (municipal theatre) was built by the Viennese architects Fellner & Helmer, who changed their previous design for the theatre in Wiesbaden only slightly. It was opened in 1891. It was the city's main performance space for drama, opera, and musical events until 1925, when it was renamed Opernhaus Zürich and a separate theatre for plays was built: The Bernhard Theater opened in 1941, in May 1981 the Esplanada building was demolished, and the present adjoint building opened on 27/28 December 1984 after three years of transition in the Kaufhaus building nearby Schanzengraben.

By the 1970s, the opera house was badly in need of major renovations; when some considered it not worth restoring, a new theatre was proposed for the site. However, between 1982 and 1984, rebuilding took place but not without huge local opposition which was expressed in street riots. The rebuilt theatre was inaugurated with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and the world première of Rudolf Kelterborn’s Chekhov opera Der Kirschgarten.

As restored, the theatre is an ornate building with a neo-classical façade of white and grey stone adorned with busts of Weber, Wagner, and Mozart. Additionally, busts of Schiller, Shakespeare, and Goethe are to be found. The auditorium is built in the neo-rococo style and seats approximately 1200 people. During the refurbishment, the issue of sightlines was not adequately addressed. As a result, the theatre has a high number of seats with a limited view, or no view, of the stage. This is unusual in international comparison, where sightlines in historic opera houses have been typically enhanced over time.

Corporate archives and historical library collections are held at the music department of the Predigerkirche Zürich.

The Zürich Opera House is also home of the International Opera Studio (in German: Internationales Opernstudio IOS) which is a educational program for young singers and pianists. The studio was created in 1961 and has renowned artists currently teaching such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Hedwig Fassbender, Andreas Homocki, Rosemary Joshua, Adrian Kelly, Fabio Luisi, Jetske Mijnssen, Ann Murray, Eytan Pessen or Edith Wiens.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Zurich, Switzerland
Starts at: 14:00
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