Zürich summer conference

from 28 to 30 June

Opernhaus Zürich will host Opera Europa’s major conference during the first half of 2018. The later than usual dates are 28 to 30 June.

The beautiful Swiss city of Zürich is home to one of Europe’s leading opera houses, renowned for its rich and adventurous repertory and attracting the finest artists. The building was designed by the famous team of Fellner and Helmer, and dates from 1891. It sits grandly on the Sechseläutenplatz at the top of Lake Zürich. The old town is within easy walking distance, as are many excellent hotels. Zürich’s modern airport may be accessed by direct flights from many cities, and a short train ride takes you from the airport to the town centre.

Two operas and an operetta will be performed during the conference. Intendant Andreas Homoki’s new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino will be conducted by Music Director Fabio Luisi. The same team are responsible for Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns with star tenor Piotr Beczała as Sou-Chong and Julia Kleiter as Lisa. Calixto Bieito directs and Ottavio Dantone conducts the new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Julie Fuchs in the title role.

The summer conference theme will be Measuring the Arts. On the one side, there will be presentation of the results of the benchmarking and mapping exercises being conducted during this season. On the other side, we aim to examine qualitative aspects, which demonstrate the value which the arts in general, and opera in particular, bring to society.


The detailed programme, together with practical arrangements for registration and booking hotels, will be published in our spring newsletter in March.

Meanwhile, please reserve the dates Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 June.