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  • Surtitles for 140 opera productions
  • 40 CD booklets
  • Media materials and artists’ biographies


My thoroughly musical education makes me an exceptionally qualified translator and writer in the world of classical music. Having played the piano since the age of six, I attended a choir school for five years, where I was taught piano and organ by Roger Judd. I also learned the cello, playing in two school orchestras throughout my education. My piano training continued under Ronald Smith, and later in Zurich under Zsuszanna Sirokay.

Attending a performance of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the age of nine kindled my passion for opera. I have produced many translations for Zurich Opera House – starting in 1998 with the newly inaugurated Zurich Festival, continuing with marketing texts, synopses, and the annual Season Book, as well as producing English surtitles for approximately 140 opera productions. Other clients in the realm of opera include the Salzburg Festival, for which I translated highly demanding pieces such as Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and  Die Liebe der Danae as well as texts for the Salzburg Whitsun Festival under the artistic direction of Cecilia Bartoli. My sur-/subtitles have been seen in Salzburg, at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, as well as on Austrian television channel ORF and the Salzburg Festival’s 2015 DVD of Beethoven’s Fidelio.

I also work regularly for orchestras, and have translated more than 30 CD booklets for the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich – ranging from Mahler’s ten symphonies to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Christian Tetzlaff, from Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps to orchestral works by Messiaen. Among several projects for the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, I translated and edited the booklet for the ensemble’s 2020 Gramophone award-winning Rachmaninoff in Lucerne CD. Other clients in the world of music include the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Bern Symphony Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra as well as pianist Teo Georghiu and harpsichordist Vital Julian Frey.



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Cecilia Bartoli

Editorial assignment

Rachmaninoff cover

Rachmaninoff in Lucerne
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Editing of English texts, translations into German
CD nominated for a Gramophone Award

Iphigénie en Tauride
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Zurich Opera House
Hippolyte et Aricie
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Zurich Opera House

Die Gezeichneten
Franz Schreker
Zurich Opera House

Così fan tutte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Zurich Opera House

Ariadne auf Naxos
Richard Strauss
Zurich Opera House


Die Liebe der Danae
Richard Strauss
Salzburg Festival

Der Rosenkavalier
Richard Strauss
Salzburg Festival


Heinz Holliger, libretto by Händl Klaus
Zurich Opera House


Brahms, Symphony No. 4
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Mahler 2

Mahler, Symphony No. 2 
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Mahler 5

Mahler, Symphony No. 5
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich


Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich


Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Christian Tetzlaff Ludwig van Beethoven David Zinman Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich Beethoven Violi

Beethoven, Violin Concerto
Christian Tetzlaff with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

Surtitles, CD liner notes, print and online media

Zurich Opera House
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Salzburg Festival
Lucerne Festival
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Musikkollegium Winterthur
Berner Sinfonieorchester
Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Staatstheater Karlsruhe

Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

Teo Gheorghiu, pianist
Vital Julian Frey, harpsichordist
Davos Festival
Schweizer Vokalconsort
Schauspielhaus Zürich
University of Zurich