Romeo und Julia

Ballet by Christian Spuck
In three acts after the tragedy by William Shakespeare
Music von Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Duration 2 H. 30 Min. incl. interval after 2nd act after approx. 1 H. 20 Min. Introduction 45 min before the performance. 

Program and cast

Choreography: Christian Spuck 

Musical director: Michail Jurowski 

Stage design: Christian Schmidt 

Costumes: Emma Ryott 

Lighting designer: Reinhard Traub 

Dramaturgy: Michael Küster



Ballett Zürich

Junior Ballett

Philharmonia Zürich

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June 2019

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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