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Semperoper in Dresden
Semperoper in Dresden
Semperoper front facade
Semperoper front facade

The Semperoper or Saxon State Opera Dresden (Ger: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden) is an opera house in Dresden, Germany, and is one of the most famous in the world. It was first built in 1841, by architect Gottfried Semper, in the Early Renaissance style. It had to be rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1869. The citizenry demanded that Gottfried Semper do the reconstruction, even though he was in exile at the time because of his activities in the May Uprising in Dresden in 1849. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 507 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (789 × 933 pixel, file size: 90 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Theaterplatz und Semperoper in Dresden – Blick von der Hofkirche. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 507 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (789 × 933 pixel, file size: 90 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Theaterplatz und Semperoper in Dresden – Blick von der Hofkirche. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 587 pixelsFull resolution (2217 × 1626 pixel, file size: 619 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 587 pixelsFull resolution (2217 × 1626 pixel, file size: 619 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


The building is considered to be a prime example of "Dresden-Baroque" architecture. It is situated on the Theater Square in central Dresden on the bank of the Elbe River. On top of the portal there is a Panther quadriga with a statue of Dionysos. The interior was created by such famous architects of the time as Johannes Schilling. Monuments on the portal depict famous artists such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller, William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Molière and Euripides. The building also features work by Ernst Rietschel and Ernst Julius Hähnel. The foyer of the Paris Opera, built by Charles Garnier Neo-baroque is a term used to describe artistic creations which display important aspects of Baroque style, but are not from the Baroque period proper. ... This article is about building architecture. ... The Elbe River (Czech Labe, Sorbian/Lusatian Łobjo, Polish Łaba, German Elbe) is one of the major waterways of central Europe. ... A quadriga (from the Latin language quadri-, four, and jungere, to yoke) is a four-horse chariot, raced in the Olympic Games and other sacred games, and represented in profile as the usual chariot of gods and heroes on Greek vases and bas-reliefs. ... Bacchus by Caravaggio Dionysus, the name of a god, is occasionally confused with one of several historical figures named Dionysius. ... “Goethe” redirects here. ... Friedrich Schiller “Schiller” redirects here. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article is about the Greek tragedian. ... Molière, engraved on the frontispiece to his Works. ... A statue of Euripides. ... Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel (1804-1861), German sculptor, was born at Pulsnitz in Saxony. ... Ernst Julius Hähnel (* 9. ...

Interior of the first Semperoper (opened 1841)
Interior of the first Semperoper (opened 1841)

So the architect had his son Manfred Semper complete the second opera house with his father's plans. This second one was constructed in Neo-Renaissance style in 1878. During construction, performances were held at the Gewerbehausall, which opened in 1870. Download high resolution version (1427x934, 536 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1427x934, 536 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Château de Ferrières 1855 Mentmore Towers English Neo-Renaissance of the 1850s. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In the pre-war years, the building premiered many of the works of Richard Strauss. This article is about the German composer of tone-poems and operas. ...


During the last weeks of World War II in 1945 the building was destroyed again - this time by Allied bombing and the subsequent fire storms. Exactly 40 years later, on February 13, 1985 the opera was rebuilt almost the same as it was before the war. It reopened with the same opera that was performed last before the destruction in 1945: Weber's Der Freischütz. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Look up ally in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Carl Maria von Weber Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst, Freiherr von Weber (November 18, 1786 in Eutin, Holstein – June 5, 1826 in London, England) was a German composer, conductor, pianist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. ... Der Freischütz (English: The Freeshooter) is an opera in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber to a libretto by Friedrich Kind. ...


During the flood of the Elbe in 2002 the building suffered heavy water damage. With substantial help from around the world, it reopened in December 2002. This article is about a river in Central Europe. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


Today, most operas are accompanied by the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. Performances are nearly always sold out. The Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Engl: Saxon State Orchestra Dresden) is an orchestra based in Dresden, Germany. ...

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Conductors associated with Semperoper

Carl Maria von Weber Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst, Freiherr von Weber (November 18, 1786 in Eutin, Holstein – June 5, 1826 in London, England) was a German composer, conductor, pianist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. ... Ernst Edler von Schuch (born 23 November 1846 in Graz, died 10 May 1914 in Dresden) was a German conductor. ... Fritz Busch (born 13 March 1890 in Siegen, died 14 September 1951 in London) was a German conductor. ... Giuseppe Sinopoli (November 2, 1946 - April 20, 2001) was a conductor and composer. ... Karl Böhm (August 28, 1894 – August 14, 1981) was a prominent Austrian conductor. ...

Singers associated with the Semperoper

Bernd Aldenhoff (June 14, 1908 in Duisburg- October 08, 1959 in München) was a German Heldentenor. ... Elisabeth Rethberg in the title role of Verdis Aida The German soprano Elisabeth Rethberg (22 September 1894 – 6 June 1976) was a famous opera singer active from the early 1920s to the mid 1940s. ... Ernestine Schumann-Heink (15 June 1861 - 17 November 1936) was a well-known operatic contralto, noted for the great control, tone, beauty, and wide range of her singing. ... Erna Sack (1898-1972) was a German coloratura soprano who studied at the Prague Conservatory and later in Berlin. ... Therese Malten 1883 Therese Malten 1883 as Kundry Therese Malten was the stage name of Therese Müller (June 21, 1855 - January 2, 1930) a noted German dramatic soprano. ...

Operas that premiered at the Semperoper

Elektra is a one-act opera by Richard Strauss, to a German-language libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal adapted from his drama of 1903—the first of many such collaborations between composer and librettist. ... Feuersnot (The Need for Fire or Fire Famine) is a Singgedicht (sung poem) or opera in one act by Richard Strauss. ... The Flying Dutchman (German title: Der fliegende Holländer) is an opera, music and libretto by Richard Wagner. ... Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen (Rienzi, the Last of the Tribunes) is an early opera by Richard Wagner in five acts, with the libretto written by the composer after Bulwer-Lyttons novel of the same name. ... Der Rosenkavalier (The Cavalier of the Rose) is a comic opera in three acts by Richard Strauss to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. ... This article is about the opera by Richard Strauss . ... Die schweigsame Frau (in English The Silent Woman) is an opera by Richard Strauss with libretto by Stefan Zweig after Ben Jonsons Epicoene, or the Silent Woman. ... In the Venusberg by John Collier, 1901: a gilded setting that is distinctly Italian quattrocento. ... Die ägyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) is an opera in two acts by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. ...

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  • Panorama Saxon State Opera
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In the course of its history, the Semperoper has experienced a considerable amount of fire and flood damage, most recently during the floods in the summer of 2002.
The Semperoper is one of Dresden’s most important attractions; had it had to stay closed, the entire city would have been affected.
A visit to the magnificent Semperoper is always a very special highlight - not only to see the beautiful building, which was originally opened as the Royal Court Theater, but also to enjoy the opera’s exceptional performance program.
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Occasional historical references — as in Act II, which had statues and models that might have been created by Arno Breker and Albert Speer, Hitler's favorite sculptor and architect —; were confusing and illogical, since Decker basically aimed at timelessness (though some of the costumes suggested the late 19th century).
When the Semperoper's curtain opened for the prologue to Götterdämmerung, it was no big surprise that we once again faced those wavy rows of seats.
Five hours later, when Brünnhilde was supposed to leap onto the funeral pyre, she instead took a seat in the onstage auditorium, where Wotan and the gods were awaiting her.
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