La Cenerentola / Cinderella
L’elisir d’amore / The Elixir of Love
Les Contes d’Hoffmann / Tales of Hoffmann
Die tote Stadt
Pique Dame / The Queen of Spades
Dornröschen / The Sleeping Beauty
A Swan Lake
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
With our batteries fully charged up, we welcome you back after the summer break. We’re thrilled to be able to perform for you once again!
Our preview event »Auftakt!« gave an impressive foretaste of just how varied this season’s programme will be with its broad mix of revivals and brand new productions, including three world premieres.
In the weeks ahead, we are particularly looking forward to the concerts and events celebrating the 475th anniversary of the founding of the Staatskapelle as well as to the first new opera productions, such as »Turandot« staged by acclaimed French director Marie-Eve Signeyrole. Under the baton of Ivan Repušić, the title role will be sung by Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige, while the South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee returns to the Dresden opera stage as her suitor, Prince Calaf, a role he has performed to great success around the world.
The chamber opera »Powder Her Face« by Thomas Adès will enjoy its Dresden premiere at our Semper Zwei venue. Georg Schmiedleitner is staging this absorbing »biopic« about the scandalous life of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll. The work, which expertly combines swing and tango with elements of Kurt Weill, Alban Berg and Igor Stravinsky, will be conducted by the young British-German maestro Tim Anderson, here performing in Dresden for the first time.
But, of course, this is not just a time of unmitigated joy.
As a company, we are forced to face up to the challenges of our contemporary world, not least because as well as attracting an international audience, we have staff from more than 30 nations and numerous guests from all over the world.
In this context, we are also often asked about our reaction to artists who come from Russia or are active there.
Our attitude has remained unchanged since the outbreak of the illegal war of aggression on the Ukraine: Just as we do not tolerate any opinions endorsing this war in our company, we also do not automatically suspect anyone of holding such opinions merely due to their nationality. Here too, we adhere to the presumption of innocence and believe in the importance of showing respect to all. Even at a time of international conflict, art provides a space for everyone, of whatever background, to work creatively together and thus to enjoy a utopia of peaceful coexistence in their everyday lives.
Finally, I would like to invite you to visit our event »Gemeinsam heimatlos« at Semper Zwei. Curated by Ukrainian women artists living in Dresden, this performance on November 8th is a stimulating mix of reading, live music and photo reportage aimed at exploring the refugee experience.
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