Semperoper DresdenCurrently Closed
- Address: Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden, Germany, 01067
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +49-3514911705
- Fax: +49-03514842692
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Landmark, Entertainment, Ballet, Stage Show, Theatre, Concert, Family And Kids, Architecture , Opera House, Social, Music And Show Venues
The Semperoper is a beautiful architectural masterpiece and the stage for many of Saxon’s cultural programmes, doubling as the state opera house and the state concert hall. Throngs of people gather to watch the performances of world famous ballets and plays that take place within the walls of this magnificent structure. If you’re in Dresden, visiting is a must, whether you want to catch one of the programs or just admire the beauty of the landmark itself. The opera house has an impressive list of major works that have premiered there for the first time, including the works of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Like many landmarks in Dresden, this too was rebuilt. Once after the great fire of 1869 and then again post 1945.
The original opera house opened in 1841 and was built by Gottfried Semper. It was designed in a combination of architectural styles, namely Baroque, Early Renaissance and Greek classical. This blend of design resulted in what was regarded as one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. A raging fire in 1869 left the opera house in shambles and it was rebuilt again, this time under Manfred Semper. The second opera house was built in the neo-renaissance style. Situated in the heart of Dresden, it soon became one of the most popular venues for composers to perform their pieces. Beautiful statues, monuments that decorate the portal and other elements created a stunning interior which attracted performers and audiences from all over Germany.
After the bombing of Dresden, the opera house fell once more. The building was mostly destroyed, with just the basic structure of the exterior left standing. It took forty years for it to be re-built, in the exact same style designed by Semper. The machinery inside was updated and a brand new accompanying service building was created behind the opera house. Once more, ballets and concerts graced the stage of the Semperoper. The opera house was struck with disaster for a third time, during a flood which left water damage but this was quickly taken care of and it was reopened later that year.
Today, the opera house stands proudly in the heart of the city. It’s one of Dresden’s most famous tourist attractions, drawing hundreds of people to its concerts, such as Romeo and Juliet and La Boheme. Visitors congregate to simply view its interiors as well. There’s an English language tour available, for those who’d like to learn about the history of the building as well. Before you visit, be sure to check their month’s show schedule, the details of which will be up on their website. Visiting the opera house should prove to be a slice of culture for the whole family and a treat for art aficionados. With its stunning interiors and an audience decked up their best attire, visitors are guaranteed a sumptuous evening. The Semperoper is an ideal place to immerse yourself in beautifully choreographed dances, world famous plays and truly experience the rich cultural heritage of Germany. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Dresden itinerary 1 day.
- If you don’t want to watch an opera, you can also just take a guided tour around the building during the days there’s no program.
- Stand on the terrace and see the view across the large square towards the river Elbe.
- You can book an audio-tour of the opera house.
- Seats close to the stage or in the balcony area offer the best views.
- Some of the operas aren't in English, make sure the show you're going for is available in your preferred language.
- Check out their website for different guided tour packages.
- You can order tickets online.
- From the main station take tram line 11 (to Bühlau) until Postplatz or tram line 8 (to Hellerau) until Theaterplatz.
- From train station Dresden-Neustadt take tram line 11 (to Zschertnitz) until Postplatz.
- Cafe Schinkelwache (German, Café/ €8-20)
- Restaurant Piccolo (Steakhouse)
- Alte Meister (German/ €21-40)
- Italienisches Dörfchen (Italian/€21-40)
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95% of people who visit Dresden include Semperoper Dresden in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
67.05% of people start their Semperoper Dresden visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Semperoper Dresden
90.07% of people prefer walking in order to reach Semperoper Dresden
Saw Don Giovanni recently and it was magnificent! The facility is historic and beautiful - especially the interior hall. The acoustics are astounding. The plaza and surroundings are gorgeous, especially at night. Our Don Giovanni was played in a contemporary setting and the performers were world-class! Super titles were in both German and English. Great experience!
One of the most beautiful building in the world. Rebuilt after great fire. Close to the river, impressive square.
This review is for the English guided tour. If you need to utilize a restroom don't plan to do so inside the opera house before the tour begins regardless of what tour operators tell you. I was twice told to wait as long as it isnt "urgent" for the tour guide to direct me to the restroom. The tour guide again said, prior to the start of the tour, to wait only to announce to the group that anyone using the restroom could do so but the tour had to begin ... so in other words, miss the tour. He then proceeded with a literal eye-roll approach to anyone who "would need to use" the restroom. Poor handling of the tour and a sour note to an otherwise pleasant ticket purchase experience. The English tour guide, Thomas, is an unpleasant person. If he is your guide, my advice would be not to book the tour. Between his monotone delivery and the limited access to the venue ... the group I was in was not even given time or location to take photos of the main hall ... simply not worth the expenditure or the time you'll devote. The majority of the experience will be in basic rooms/hallways with a film shown or monotone delivery. There was no mention of a photo license(?) needed as mentioned in another review nor was there signage restricting photos. My experience was simply poor handling and a poor tour guide.
The interior and exterior of the building are beautifully done. It's hard to believe it was completely destroyed during WWII. We had an opportunity to see the Flying Dutchman while we were there. It was a great production, the singers were fabulous and the orchestra was very good. The tickets were very reasonably priced. Don't miss out!
Why God give me a blessing like this...... In hardest time in my life... Did I deserve to enjoy this present? Oh, right. Something like cruel and sad stoy of this city, Dresden, It's suitable for me.