Semperoper, Dresden

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Address: Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden, Germany

Phone: +49-3514911705

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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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.

Semperoper Information

  • 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.

Semperoper Ticket Prices

  • Check out their website for different guided tour packages.
  • You can order tickets online.

How To reach Semperoper by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Semperoper

  • Cafe Schinkelwache (German, Café/ €8-20)
  • Restaurant Piccolo (Steakhouse)
  • Alte Meister (German/ €21-40)
  • Italienisches Dörfchen (Italian/€21-40)

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  • Most beautiful opera house, amazing acoustics, located at the banks of the river in the heart of historic Dresden. First class orchestra, and if Thielemann conducts Strauss or Wagner, this is hard to beat

  • An absolute must see in Dresden. I suggest getting tickets to a show. Even the cheaper categories mostly have a good view. Wonderful experience in a premier European opera house.

  • I experienced the one of the best operas here. I was so amazed how they delpoyed seats just fit for opera viewers. Spectacular stage, fantastic singers with tremendous orchestra.

  • If you are in Dresden you need to go especially if you need to fill around two hours. The place and pieces are amazing and so interesting. You will learn a lot about the German rulers and the objects they had to show the wealth and prestige.

  • The play I saw was in French, with both German and English subtitle. Prefect. But the programme was most in German. Very freindly staff.

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