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From November, 6th to 23rd 2014

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birthday. The Semper Opera Dresden takes this opportunity of honoring the composer in two celebratory seasons, in 2013 / 14 and 2014 / 15, with a first-class program. The relationship between Richard Strauss and Dresden is particularly close: nine of the 15 operas premiered here under chief musical conductors Ernst von Schuch, Fritz Busch and Karl Böhm. One of the festival’s highlights include the »Richard-Strauss-Days« from November 6 to 23, 2014. The three operas by Strauss »Capriccio«, »Daphne« and »Arabella« will be performed in various serious with exquisite casts. International stars Renee Fleming and Thomas Hampson, among others, will be guests at the Semper Opera. The ballet evening »Legends« combines newly created choreographies by Belgian choreographer Stijn Celis and the former artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet Alexei Ratmansky in an homage to Richard Strauss. The series will be complemented by an evening of Lieder with Thomas Hampson, a screening of the 1926 silent film »The Knight of the Rose« – the premiere at the Semper Opera in 1926 was conducted by R. Strauss himself – accompanied live by the Staatskapelle Dresden. In addition, there will be a philharmonic concert with the Staatskapelle conducted by Christian Thielemann with Renee Fleming and Robert Langbein as soloists and two chamber concerts – all this ensure the »Richard-Strauss- Days« will be a memorable event.

Musical Director: Omer Meir Wellber
Staging: Torsten Fischer
6, 9, 15 November 2014

Musical Director: Christian Thielemann
Staging: Florentine Klepper
Premiere 7 November 2014
10 November 2014

Musical Director: Christian Thielemann
Staging: Marco Arturo Marelli
16, 19 November 2014

Legends – Homage to Richard Strauss
Ballet evening
Musical Director: Paul Connelly
Choreographers: Alexei Ratmansky, Stijn Celis
8, 12, 14, 17 November 2014

The Knight of the Rose
Silent film, accompanied live by the Staatskapelle Dresden
Musical Director: Frank Strobel
11 November 2014

Thomas Hampson
18 November 2014

2nd Chamber Music Evening

20 November 2014

4th Symphony Concert

Musical Director: Christian Thielemann
Soloists: Renée Fleming, Robert Langbein
23 November 2014


Download information material: Richard Strauss 2013/14