Cleveland Orchestra and Zurich Opera Discuss Collaboration

Classic Arts News   Cleveland Orchestra and Zurich Opera Discuss Collaboration
The Cleveland Orchestra and the Zurich Opera, which share conductor Franz Welser-M‹st, may forge closer ties, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Zurich Opera director Alexander Pereira, who recently visited Cleveland, told Plain-Dealer critic Donald Rosenberg that he and Welser-M‹st had discussed importing Zurich Opera productions to Cleveland's Severance Hall.

According to the Plain-Dealer, the auditorium has hosted opera before: Artur Rodzinski, who led the Cleveland Orchestra in the 1930s, presented fully staged productions there, as did Lake Erie Opera in the 1960s.

Severance Hall doesn't have much wing space, Rosenberg says, but neither does the Zurich Opera House, so the opera company's productions could be adapted fairly easily.

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