Zurich Opera House is Switzerland's largest cultural institution and one of the most productive houses in Europe, with 12 new productions on the main stage every year, numerous revivals, concerts, song recitals, a wide-ranging programme of new talent and over 300 performances. In addition to the classical opera repertoire, the house is intensively dedicated to musical modernity with world premieres and the playing of 20th century works, and continues the Zurich tradition of cultivating baroque opera with top-class casts and historically informed orchestral work. Since 2012 Andreas Homoki has been artistic director, Fabio Luisi general music director and Christian Spuck ballet director. In 2014 Zurich was named Opera Company of the Year at the "International Opera Awards" and in 2019 at the "Oper! Awards" as Best Opera House International.
In the 2019/20 season, the Kühne Foundation supported the new production of Willibald Gluck's opera "Iphigénie en Tauride" at Zurich Opera House. Artistic director Andreas Homoki impressively staged a lively drama of human passions and inner conflicts. With Cecilia Bartoli in the title role, a great ensemble and Gianluca Capuano on the podium of the Zurich Opera House's baroque formation "Orchestra La Scintilla", the premiere at the beginning of February 2020 and the further performances of "Iphigénie" were among the highlights of the season.
In the 2022/2023 season, the Kühne Foundation will support the concert performance of the opera "Lakmé" by Léo Delibes. Perhaps the most famous duet in all of opera literature, the "Flower Duet" from the opera "Lakmé" is not only popular in the concert hall, but has become a real hit through its use in commercials and films. The premiere will take place at the beginning of April 2023.