Dresden is called Florence on the Elbe for good reason. The city is full of gorgeous architectural structures and postcard-perfect buildings and sights impressing with their pompousness and beauty. One of the noblest buildings of the city is the Saxon State Opera of Dresden.
The Dresden Opera is described as one of the most well-known theatres worldwide, besides, it is one of the oldest opera houses in Germany – this is all about the Semperoper, named after the designer and architect, Gottfried Semper.
The opera building is situated on the west side of the Theatre Square in front of the Royal Palace. The Semperoper opened its doors to public in far 1841 and was one of the first opera theatres where plays of different genres were performed.
Richard Wagner was among the chapelmasters of the Semperoper, who put such operas as “Rienzi”, “The Flying Dutchman”, and “Tannhäuser” on the theatre stage.
That is the place where Richard Strauss became famous. The premieres of his operas, such as “Salome”, “Elektra”, “Der Rosenkavalier”, “Arabella” and others, took place on the stage of Semperoper.
During the bombing of Dresden in 1945, the Opera House was ruined. It took 10 years to restore the theatre building. A grand opening of the rebuilt opera theatre was in February 1985. The restored Semperoper became one of the best in Europe because of its acoustic features and technical stage facilities. The works of German composers such as Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss, and Carl Weber take pride of place in the repertoire of the State Opera of Dresden to this day.
The Semperoper opens its doors to visitors not only to show stage performances. Every day special guided tours are organized here. To do that, you should buy a ticket in a box office or on the website of the Semperoper, where you can choose day and time. The tours of the theatre are carried out from 10 am to 6 pm timeframe from Monday to Friday, and from 10 am to 5 pm on weekends and holidays. A tour of the theatre lasts approximately 45 minutes. A ticket price for an excursion starts from 9 Euro per person.
The Semperoper repertoire 2018 includes the operas “The Magic Flute” By W. A. Mozart, “The Freeshooter” by C. M. von Weber, “The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini, “Otello” and “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi, and many others. Prices are different: they depend on a performance and a place in the auditorium. Usually, a price starts from 12 Euro per person. There are also standing rooms in a gallery where it is possible to get for 1-2 Euros or even for free.
Saxon State Opera of Dresden is located in the historical centre of the city, on the Theatre Square 2. To get to the Semperoper by tram from the railway station, take tram line 8 or 11 and go to the stops “Theaterplatz” or “Postplatz”. Tram lines 4, 8, and 9 also go to the Theater Square. To the station “Postplatz” you can get by tram 1, 2, 7, 11, and 12.
If you go by car to the Semperoper, please note that it is not allowed to park at the theatre. There is an underground car park behind the opera house in the Devrientstrasse. You can also park your vehicle at the Frauenkirche or the Frauenkirche Neumarkt, or near the Haus am Zwinger.
There are many accommodation options in close vicinity to the Dresden Opera. The Old Town district has many places of interest, so there is a significant amount of apartments and hotels near Semperoper. HotelFriend can recommend you Amedia Plaza Dresden, a four-star hotel situated just in 10 minutes from the opera house. The hotel offers various types of stylish rooms with comprehensive, modern amenities, where you can also bring your pet. Dorint Hotel Dresden is another nice option to stay. The hotel offers not only comfortable accommodation, but also various services such as massage, body and facial treatments, beauty procedures, sauna, steam bath, fitness club, and many others.
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