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New opera productions announced in Zurich

The director of Zurich Opera House, Alexander Pereira (pictured above), has unveiled a programme for the coming season which includes new versions of works by Wagner and Verdi.

The director of Zurich Opera House, Alexander Pereira (pictured above), has unveiled a programme for the coming season which includes new versions of works by Wagner and Verdi.

American director Robert Wilson, whose "Lohengrin" was highly acclaimed in Zurich 10 years ago, returns with Wagner's Ring Cycle, while new productions of Verdi's "Don Carlo" and "Macbeth" will be directed by Werner Düggelin and Luc Bondy respectively.

Of the programme's 42 productions, 15 will be new - 12 operas and two ballets.

A number of them are rarities. "Leonora" by Ferdinando Paer will be performed in Switzerland for the first time since it was composed 200 years ago.

Pereira also announced a competition for young composers under the age of 35. The winner will have his or her composition performed in Zurich and at the Munich State Opera, which is also involved.

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