Semperoper Dresden

Season 2020/21

Although the 2020/21 season is not running according to our original plan, we at the Semperoper are continuing with our artistic programming despite the unique circumstances and the short time in which new decisions have to be made. We are constantly adapting our performance schedule to comply with current regulations while striving to offer as many performances and concerts as possible – including our premieres already announced for 2020/21 and those that we were unable to stage in the 2019/20 season.

On this page we present our opera and ballet premieres that have already been performed as well as those that are currently being planned – in the coming weeks, it will be determined which of the originally planned premieres are to be included in the replacement schedule. We will provide details of this programme, which will run from April to July 2021, before the resumption of performances on 1 April 2021.


Trailer »Die Zauberflöte/The Magic Flute«

»Die Zauberflöte/The Magic Flute«

The Semperoper’s Principal Guest Conductor, Omer Meir Wellber, who has already delighted audiences in past seasons with his interpretations of the Mozart-da Ponte operas, conducted on 1 November the premiere of a new Dresden »Magic Flute«, staged by Josef E. Köpplinger.

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In the new Dresden production of the original version of Claudio Monteverdi’s »L’Orfeo«, stage director and puppeteer Nikolaus Habjan, a shooting star of the Austrian theatre scene, brings us his vision of the Orpheus myth with a thrilling mix of singing actors and life-size puppets. The conductor and lutenist Wolfgang Katschner, a specialist for Baroque music, will direct the ensemble lautten compagney Berlin.

Conductor Wolfgang Katschner
Staging Nikolaus Habjan
Stage Design Jakob Brossmann
Costume Design Cedric Mpaka
Assistant Costume Design Lugh Amber Wittig
Choir André Kellinghaus
Dramaturgy Kai Weßler

Performed by the lautten compagney Berlin.

Presented by: Project Partner–Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen, Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen, LBBW

»Don Carlo«

In co-production with the Salzburg Easter Festival, Vera Nemirova’s new staging of »Don Carlo« was created during the 2019/20 season. The premiere at the Semperoper is now scheduled for the date originally foreseen for the return of this production. For this work, Manfred Trojahn was commissioned by the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Semperoper Dresden to compose a prologue to complement the four-act Italian version.

Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni
Staging Vera Nemirova
Stage Design Heike Scheele
Costume Design Frauke Schernau
Lighting Design Fabio Antoci
Choreography Altea Garrido
Choir André Kellinghaus
Video Rocafilm
Dramaturgy Kai Weßler

Performed by the Staatskapelle Dresden.


Richard Strauss’ musical conversation piece »Capriccio«, here staged by Jens-Daniel Herzog and performed under the baton of the Staatskapelle’s principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, considers that eternal question of opera – What comes first, the music or the words? (»Prima la musica, poi la parole?«).

Conductor Christian Thielemann
Staging Jens-Daniel Herzog
Stage Design Mathis Neidhardt
Costume Design Sibylle Gädeke
Choir André Kellinghaus
Dramaturgy Johann Casimir Eule

Performed by the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Three-part ballet evening

The Semperoper Ballett is planning a three-part ballet evening to replace »Playlist«. The precise contents of the programme are still in progress. Curated by ballet director Aaron S. Watkin, the work will integrate elements of neoclassical and contemporary choreography.

»Das schlaue Gretchen«

Martin Smolka’s children’s opera »Das schlaue Gretchen« tells of how Gretchen, the daughter of a poor fisherman, becomes Queen by virtue of her exuberant imagination and wit. In the staging by Andrea Kramer, an expert practitioner of theatre for children and young people, this opera from 2006 (intended for children aged eight and above) will enjoy its Dresden premiere on the stage of Semper Zwei.

Conductor Thomas Leo Cadenbach
Staging Andrea Kramer
Stage & Costume Design Stefanie Stuhldreier
Lighting Design Marco Dietzel
Dramaturgy Juliane Schunke



For the new Dresden production of »Turandot«, the French director Marie-Eve Signeyrole returns to the fairy-tale drama of the same name by Carlo Gozzi, which was musically transposed into the operatic sphere by Giacomo Puccini. Since making her opera debut in Montpellier in 2012, the film director and author has quickly become one of the most sought-after interpreters of music theatre. In 2019 she was nominated for Germany’s most prestigious theatre prize, »Der deutsche Theaterpreis – DER FAUST«, for her interpretation of »La damnation de Faust« in Hanover.

Conductor Ivan Repušić
Staging Marie-Eve Signeyrole
Stage Design Fabien Teigné
Costume Design Yashi
Video Marie-Eve Signeyrole, Laurent La Rosa
Choreography Julie Compans
Choir André Kellinghaus
Dramaturgy Juliane Schunke

Es spielt die Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.

Presented by: Project Partner – Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Sachsen, Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen, LBBW

»Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?«

Mischa Spoliansky’s cabaret revue »Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?« should have celebrated its premiere in Semper Zwei back in April of 2020. Here, too, the date originally set for the work’s return is now being considered for the premiere. With their fast-paced story about the search for a patent recipe for wealth and happiness, Mischa Spoliansky and Felix Joachimson were showered with praise at the work’s premiere in Berlin’s Komödie am Kurfürstendamm in 1930. In his production for Dresden, director Manfred Weiß casts a fresh light on this classic work.

Conductor Max Renne
Staging Manfred Weiß
Choreography Natalie Holtom
Stage Design Timo Dentler
Costume Design Okarina Peter
Lighting Design Marco Dietzel
Dramaturgy Bianca Heitzer



Season 2020/21

Artistic concept for the presentation of the premieres for 2020/21

Paintings by Cornelius Völker

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Season 2020/21

Current information for visitors

Information about cancelled performances, hygiene rules, ticket returns, and more

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