Opernhaus Zurich is the home of the local opera and ballet companies, staging more than 300 performances each year.  After reviewing the seating plan and prices, interested arts lovers can purchase tickets one of three ways: online, by calling +41 44 268 66 66 or by contacting one of the advance booking offices listed in this directory.

The International Comedy Club has brought renowned stand up comedians from around the world to Switzerland since 2006. There's always a friendly and international crowd. Hosted in Zurich at The Mascotte every second Friday, usually from 8pm - 10pm, with free entry to the club party / disco afterwards. All performances are in English.

Transport is easy with many trams to Bellevue or trains to Stadelhofen around the corner. Tickets available on the door or in advance from Ticketcorner. Student discounts available. (The Club also tours Geneva, Lausanne and Basel over the previous days before arriving in Zurich.)

Schauspielhaus (Ramistrasse 34, at Heimplatz, +01 268 66 66) is a cornerstone in Swiss theater, performing a vast repetory of German language plays, from classic to modern.

Established in 1868, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra is a must-do for afficionados of classical music.  Check out the concert calendar, purchase tickets (+41 44 206 34 34, Claridenstrasse 7), and find out why the German Record Critics' Award was given to Tonhalle Orchestra for its recording of all nine of  Beethoven's symphonies.

Zurich, like many tourist destinations, is awash in festivals.  Some of the popular events are listed below.

  • The Zurich Festival (Zuricher Festspiele) celebrates the city's cultural offerings through opera, dance, theater, concerts and art exhibits during the months of June and July.  Visitors should purchase tickets in advance after perusing the current program of events.  Tickets can also be obtained through Ticketcorner (along with tickets to just about every cultural event in Switzerland).
  • Fans of contemporary performing arts won't want to miss the Zurich Theater Spectacle, founded in 1980.  Advance tickets are recommended (+01 221 22. 83, Bahnhofstrasse 9).
  • German-speaking Zurich gets hot! hot! hot! with the annual Latin-American festival, Caliente.  Celebrating its 12th season in 2006, Calliente features live bands and dance shows, DJs and MCs, dance floors and an exotic open air market offering food and handcrafted items.
  • The Festival of English Speaking Theatre (FEST) brings together Theatre groups from Zurich, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Geneva and Zug who offer a range of comedy, drama and musicals. In 2008 from June 5th-7th, the action is taking place 40 minutes from Zurich at the Lorzensaal in the picturesque town of Cham, near Zug. Tickets are available from Ticketcorner

The Zurich Comedy Club (info@zcc.ch) is the home of English speaking theatre in Zurich. It was established in 1954 and has been performing at least two productions per year (in May and November) ever since. Most of its productions are Comedies but it has ventured into the worlds of Shakespeare, contemporary drama, Victorian musichall and Pantomime. Tickets for productions are sold via Ticketcorner. In addition to the productions, the Zurich Comedy Club has regular Monday night play readings and an Improvisation group (Improv!) that actively welcomes visitors and new members.