As you can imagine, we were all excited by the prospect of opening our doors once again – perhaps even at Easter – with the first in a series of performances of »Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute«, and thereby finally enjoying some direct contact with you, our loyal fans!
However, following discussions with the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism, we were informed of the decision that there will be no public performances in the Saxon State Theatres over the Easter holidays. Even though we were (and are) enthusiastic at the thought of being able to perform for you again, this decision is justified and entirely correct in view of the high infection rates.
Instead, we wish to send you a special greeting from the Semperoper at Easter, to which end we are in the throes of intensive preparations and rehearsals to record Mozart’s opera »Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute« – the last of this season’s new productions we were able to present before shutting our doors – in order to stream it for you on our website. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Semperoper Foundation for its support.
In this way, we at the Semperoper and the Staatskapelle would like to show you that, despite the cessation of live performances, we remain hugely active in all areas and are working to maintain our usual artistic excellence for the resumption of performances, which is planned for 30 April.
Furthermore, together with the State Ministry, we are intent on realising a model project with you, our audience members, possibly in mid-April. After testing a hygiene and access plan that should enable everyone to enjoy our programme with a minimum of organisational effort and a maximum of safety, this model project will give you the chance to enjoy performances of the 9th Symphony Concert.
Dear friends of the Semperoper, I want to assure you that, despite the constantly changing pandemic situation, we are still hopeful about the results of the next Minister Presidents’ Conference with Chancellor Merkel on 22 March and the upcoming decisions of the Saxon State Government.
Let us remain optimistic that we can soon welcome you back to the Semperoper – the place whose name is synonymous with art and culture all around the world!
With my very best wishes to you and everyone here,
Artistic Director of the Saxon State Opera