Dear opera friends

We had actually planned to kick off our anniversary year - 60 years of Friends of Zurich Opera and International Opera Studio - with a general meeting. We are all the more pleased to inform you that the prelude has been a success after all and could not be more brilliant:

Starting in mid-December, the Opera House will present Curtain Call, a series of unique concert evenings. Prominent singers will perform key works from the vocal repertoire on the big stage together with young talents from the International Opera Studio. With the financial support of us opera friends, the opera house has been able to engage four world stars: Diana Damrau, Anna Bonitatibus, Thomas Hampson and Benjamin Bernheim. The masters of their profession and the young artists work out the concert program during a three-day workshop.

All concerts are recorded with several cameras. In addition, a camera team accompanies all artists in the workshops and observes the creation of the musical program backstage. These impressions will be presented as short documentaries. The digital broadcast of the "Curtain Call" concerts and documentaries will take place over Christmas and New Year's Eve on the website.

Best regards
Your board of directors


Curtain Call with singers personalities and young talents from the International Opera Studio 

Curtain Call with Anna Bonitatibus

Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano, will work with our young artists from the International Opera Studio during a three-day workshop on the program below. 

Scenes and arias from Mozart's La clemenza di Tito and Le nozze di Figaro, as well as Rossini's Il barbiere di Seviglia


Anna Bonitatibus, mezzo-soprano

with

Erica Petrocelli, Soprano
Lina Dambrauskaité, Soprano
Luca Bernard, Tenor
Yuriy Hadzetskyy, baritone 
Vladyslav Tlushch, baritone
Andrew Moore, bass baritone
Ilya Altukhov, bass baritone
Oleg Davydov, Bass 

Joanna Laszczkowska, William Green, Adam Rogala, Andrea del Bianco, piano

Curtain Call with Benjamin Bernheim

Benjamin Bernheim, tenor, will develop the program below with our young artists from the International Opera Studio during a three-day workshop. 

Scenes and arias from Verdi's Rigoletto, as well as Massenet's Manon and Werther

Benjamin Bernheim, Tenor 

with

Ziyi Dai, Soprano
Sandra Hamaoui, soprano (member of the opera ensemble)
Lina Dambrauskaité, Soprano
Siena Light Miller, mezzo-soprano
Yannick Debus, baritone

Joanna Laszczkowska, William Green, Adam Rogala, piano

Curtain Call with Diana Damrau

Diana Damrau, Soprano, will work with our young artists from the International Opera Studio during a three-day workshop on the program below. 

Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, R. Strauss, Wolf and Reger

Diana Damrau, Soprano

with

Andrei Skliarenko, Tenor
Yuriy Hadzetskyy, baritone
Brent Michael Smith, Bass

Adrian Kelly, Piano

Curtain Call with Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, baritone, will work with our young artists from the International Opera Studio during a three-day workshop on the program below. 

Scenes and arias from Mozart's Così fan tutte, as well as selected songs by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert

Thomas Hampson, baritone

with 

Erica Petrocelli, Soprano
Siena Light Miller, mezzo-soprano
Savelii Andreev, Tenor
Luca Bernard, Tenor
Luis Magallanes, Tenor 
Yannick Debus, baritone
Andrew Moore, bass baritone 

Joanna Laszczkowska, William Green, Adam Rogala, Enrico Cacciari, piano