No further performances this season.

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Symposium on Dmitri Shostakovich’s »The Nose« In cooperation with the Dresden College of Music


Music theatre by Peter Eötvös Performed in German


Opera lirica in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi Performed in Italian with German and English supertitles

Season 2022/23

2 to 16 April 2023

Richard Strauss Days at the Semperoper

»Der Rosenkavalier«, »Arabella« and »Ariadne auf Naxos«, concerts and supporting events–all performances as part of the »Richard Strauss Days at the Semperoper« as well as information on tickets and prices:

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January/February 2023

»Der Ring des Nibelungen«

»Der Ring des Nibelungen« staged by Willy Decker and conducted by Christian Thielemann. Performances, supporting events and information on tickets and prices:

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Visual motifs by Rosemarie Trockel

Artistic concept for the premiere posters 2022/23: The premiere motifs for the upcoming season are by Rosemarie Trockel, an extraordinary artist of worldwide renown.

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Dear audience members

During the last few weeks of the season, we’re giving ourselves and you a real culture booster before heading off into the summer break. What to mention first? Well, the hottest news is surely that the Staatskapelle Dresden has named Daniele Gatti as its next principal conductor. We are thrilled with this clear decision to appoint a great and charismatic artist. Maestro Gatti is one of a select group of individuals enjoying an outstanding reputation both in the opera house and on the concert stage, and is an absolute dream candidate for the musicians of the Staatskapelle. A regular guest in Dresden for twenty years, Gatti will conduct Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the upcoming 12th Symphony Concert. 

In addition, we are eagerly looking forward to the last opera premiere of the current season, namely Dmitri Shostakovich’s early »The Nose«, here conducted by Petr Popelka, a former deputy principal double bass of the Staatskapelle and now an internationally sought-after conductor. Sung by an outstanding cast around Bo Skovhus, Peter Konwitschny’s staging reflects the composer’s intention to create a bitter and clear-sighted satire of society. First performed in 1930 and only once before staged at the Semperoper in 1986, »The Nose« is a landmark work of 20th century opera and, for me, belongs in the same category as Arnold Schoenberg’s »Moses und Aron« or György Ligeti’s »Le Grand Macabre«, both of which we have programmed in recent years.

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For the past 13 years, the International Shostakovich Days held in Dresden and the nearby town of Gohrisch have traditionally brought our season to a close. And so, on the eve of this festival dedicated to the great Russian composer, Omer Meir Wellber and the Staatskapelle will kick-start the proceedings with a non-subscription concert of works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Sofia Gubaidulina. An accompanying symposium entitled »Satire, the Grotesque and Avant-garde«, organised in cooperation with Dresden’s College of Music, will take place on the premiere weekend. 

Semperoper Ballett recently premiered Johan Inger’s »Peer Gynt«. Immortalised by Henrik Ibsen’s dramatic verses and Edward Grieg’s compositions, the tale of the globetrotting adventurer Peer Gynt inspired the great Swedish choreographer to write his second narrative ballet. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this thrilling Gesamtkunstwerk of dance, pantomime and song. Impressively told through movement and gesture, and with much wit and humour, Johan Inger links the stages of Peer Gynt’s life and experience to the various stages of his own career as an artist. The result is an astonishingly eclectic, funny and gripping work that perfectly suits the balmy summer weather.

Please join us for these great events!

Peter Theiler
Artistic Director of the Saxon State Opera Dresden

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A house full of tradition

The history of opera in Dresden goes back to the opening of the city’s first opera house in 1667.

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