Giselle

Ballet in two acts by Patrice Bart after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
Music by Adolphe Adam (1803–1856)
Revised, Zurich version


Duration 2 H. 15 Min. incl. interval. Introduction 45 min before the performance. 

Program and cast

Choreography: Patrice Bart 

Musical director: Paul Connelly 

Stage and costume design: Luisa Spinatelli 

Lighting designer: Martin Gebhardt 

Assistant choreographer: Raffaella Renzi


Ballett Zürich
Junior Ballett
Philharmonia Zürich
Statistenverein am Opernhaus Zürich

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Zurich Opera House

But appearances can be deceptive, as the plot of Franz Schreker’s rarely performed opera Die Gezeichneten demonstrates. In this piece, with which we open the 2018/19 season, the deformed Genoese nobleman Alviano Salvago has created a splendid island of artistic beauty. However, secret orgies of erotic excess are celebrated there, and a clique of violent men deflower the innocent daughters of bourgeois families in the catacombs. This supposed Elysium is unmasked as a place of depravity and perversion. Schreker’s large-scale work reveals an aspiration that is always inherent in the operatic art form – beyond the splendid achievements of singers, visually appealing stage sets and moving music. It plumbs the depths of human existence and illuminates the darkest corners in the soul of the individual, as well as the state of mind of entire societies – undeterred by morality or any current debate about political correctness.

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