Semperoper, a jewel in Dresden’s crown


Dresden and its majestic old town are home to a cultural heritage of international renown. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors are captivated by the precious paintings, prestigious orchestras and musical ensembles as well as impressive historical buildings. One of the most famous venues in the world is also located in the city crossed by the Elbe – Dresden’s Semper Opera House – or Semperoper. The magnificent building dominates the Theaterplatz beside the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building, which opened its doors in 1841, was designed by Gottfried Semper, combining a late Classical style with Renaissance elements.

SemperoperThe Semper Opera House is regarded as one of the most beautiful theatres in the world, famous for its outstanding acoustics and an international reputation for artistic excellence carried both by the house ensemble and by numerous international guests. The world-famous Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden is an orchestra which looks back on 460 years of uninterrupted music making, under the direction of its chief conductor Christian Thielemann. This, along with a powerful ensemble of singers, an outstanding state opera choir, the Semperoper Ballet, turn performances at the Semperoper into impressive artistic experiences.


Photo: The Semper Opera House at dusk