The long-awaited vaccination campaign to protect us against the coronavirus began at the start of the new year. At the same time, the number of cases – especially in Saxony – remains alarmingly high. Against this background, the decision of the State Minister for Culture and Tourism, Barbara Klepsch, to close the Saxon State Theatres until March 31 is more than justified.
In the hope that it will be possible to resume performances in the spring, the staff and artists of the Semperoper, the Staatskapelle, the State Opera Chorus and Semperoper Ballett are working non-stop to prepare the upcoming productions and concerts
From April 2021, we are planning to perform »L’Orfeo« by Claudio Monteverdi, »Capriccio« by Richard Strauss, »Don Carlo« by Giuseppe Verdi as well as »Turandot« by Giacomo Puccini at the Semperoper. To replace »Playlist«, Semperoper Ballett is creating a new three-part ballet evening which will also feature a world premiere. Although »Die Gespenstersonate« by Aribert Reimann can no longer be performed in Semper Zwei, we hope to show »Das schlaue Gretchen« by Martin Smolka and »Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?« by Mischa Spoliansky before the close of the season.
Exactly how and in what form we will be able to perform these works – whether staged or in concert, with or without an intermission – depends on the development of the pandemic and the resulting measures that have to be undertaken to safeguard your health and that of our staff.
Of course, we will continue to keep you fully up to date. We are truly grateful for your understanding and your loyalty! I would especially like to thank all those visitors who have generously waived their ticket refunds to benefit our educational department. This gives us real confidence that we can continue this valuable work with renewed energy and imagination after the many, many months of closure due to the pandemic.
Let us look confidently to the future. By the springtime, we can expect some relief and the long-awaited easing of the current tense situation due to the various measures undertaken as well as the vaccination campaign that is already underway. Until then, I wish us all the best of health as well as the necessary courage and optimism to persevere through the weeks ahead.
See you soon at the Semperoper, where there will be much to discover ...
Your Peter Theiler
Artistic Director of the Saxon State Opera