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“Open Day” at the Semper Opera House

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

On 11th September from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the doors of the Semper Opera House are opened for all Dresdeners and the city’s visitors. Nothing remains locked. On no other day of the year there is the possibility to cast such a look behind the scenes of the opera. Not only the great auditorium, but also hidden rooms, workshops and rehearsal rooms can be explored. Also there is a lot to learn about the history of the house.

At 6 p.m. the Semper Opera House offers on its main stage a public ballet rehearsal in order to allow an up-close encounter with the artists.

Needless to say, admission is free. Nevertheless, for some of the several demonstrations one must get entrance tickets. They are available in the entrance area of the front building.

Since usually long queues form, not only the main door on the Theatersquare will be open, but also additionally the entrances to the function
building behind the opera and to the workshops at the Zwingerteich (pond next to the Zwinger palace).(KM)

Music Events in May – International Dixieland Festival and Dresden Music Festival

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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The 41st International Dixieland Festival starts on May 17th. National and international Jazz musicians, bands and their music lovers meet in Dresden until May 22nd. Numerous concerts in different places in the city, as well as countless smaller and bigger events as the ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ on the paddle steamers of the Saxon Steamboat Company are offered. Bands will perform on eight stages between Dresden Main Station and Altmarkt Square the next day before the traditional final parade through the center attracts thousands of spectators on Sunday afternoon.

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Music in the city continues with the 34th Dresden Music Festival from May 18th – June 5th which is a continuation of the former festivals of the Saxon electors. This year’s motto is “Elements – Earth, fire, water, air und spirituality”. Visitors can expect many musical highlights e.g. from the Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Choir of the Holy Cross and more in different places as the Semper Opera House, the Frauenkirche, the Transparent Factory as well as open air on the Brühl’s Terrace. (Anke)

Georg Baselitz in the Dresden Picture Gallery of the Old Masters: Dresden Women

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

This presentation, designed by the artist and his wife, contains in particular works, which were created within a strong controversy with Dresden and its history. The strength of choice is the thematic emphasis – not seen like this before and different from other survey exhibitions.

In central position in the Semper Gallery, in the Gobelin Hall, two big groups of works will be shown from the oeuvre of Georg Baselitz from 18th January to 27th February 2010.

The main work about the German history absorbs a defining event, not only in the memory of the artist: the destruction of Dresden and the in a fire apotheosis flashing end of the Second World War.

Attached to this exhibition core are presented in the adjacent rooms paintings and drawings such as “Evening Meal in Dresden” and “The Bridge Ghost’s Supper”. They show as well the reference of Baselitz to the Christian picture tradition as his artistic role models, among others Edvard Munch and the artists of the BRÜCKE.
(K. Michael)

SemperOperaball and SemperOpenairball

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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On January 15th, the “most beautiful night of the year” is being staged for the fifth time. Once again more than 2000 guests inside the opera and thousands of visitors on Theatre Square can look forward to a splendid program of classical entertainment: not just inside the Operahouse but also outside on Theatre Square. There the “SemperOpenairball” will be opend by a spectacular Light- and Fireworksshow.

This year´s motto “Great Couples” will not only feature opera-couples like Tristan and Isolde but it streches far beyond: elements that belong together come together like Semperopera and Dresden, East and West, Germany and Europe.
You will be surprised!
(A. Brühl)

The 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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From 22nd October to 9th November 2009 the 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre takes place in Dresden. It focuses on two areas: with concerts, exhibitions and many lectures, talks, guided tours and movies, Jewish life in East Germany and the changes due to the political turmoils of 1989/90 will be reflected. Take the opportunity to experience two weeks full of Yiddish music, literature and Yiddish theater in Dresden.
(K. Michael)

12th Middle-German Heinrich-Schütz-Days

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

From 2nd October to 1st November 2009 the 12th Middle-German Heinrich-Schütz-Days will offer you twenty events. Under the motto “Heinrich Schütz and Silesia” the famous German composer of the Early Baroque will be remembered in Weißefels, Bad Köstritz and Dresden.

Concerts and lectures take up a journey, which lead Schütz in 1621 together with prince elector Johann Georg I. to Breslau (Wroclaw). Detailed informations can be found on

(K. Michael)

Semper Opera House – „Open Opera“

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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On Sunday, June 14th 2009, the Semper Opera House in Dresden welcomes you to the “open house”.
From 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. you can have a look behind the scenes, talk to the director, get to know how theatre technology works and visit the theatre workshop where all the stage designs and costumes are made.

(Jana Malschewski)