Semperoper Dresden

A historic musical institution looks to the future

Peter Theiler has been the Semperoper’s Artistic Director since the 2018/19 season. The great reputation of the Swiss stage director and administrator is founded on his excellent casting, the fostering of young talent, the creation of music theatre rooted in our contemporary society and, last but not least, on his many international contacts and partnerships.

The aim of Peter Theiler’s programming for the Semperoper is to renew the repertoire and expand the operatic canon to include rarely performed works. To this end, he brings important yet unfamiliar works to Dresden audiences, revives unjustly forgotten masterpieces of French »grand opéra«, commissions premiere projects and promotes contemporary chamber opera. In addition, Peter Theiler is committed to maintaining the brilliant tradition of the Semperoper by cultivating the work of two composers indelibly linked to Dresden’s opera house: Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Throughout his career, Peter Theiler has always promoted upcoming stage directors, giving them the opportunity to bring their own unique perspective on the standard operatic repertoire. In this way, a number of important young directors have made their debut at the Semperoper in recent years. Of course, lively and diverse music theatre also lives from and with its audience. Therefore, the Semperoper has intensified its engagement with its visitors on various levels, as well as its educational programme. The Semperoper is in dialogue with its audience, with the people of Dresden and its foreign guests… and with the visitors of tomorrow.

Premieres 2018/19

Moses und Aron – Ariadne auf Naxos – Die verkaufte Braut / The Bartered Bride – Platée – Nabucco – Les Huguenots – Satyricon – Häuptling Abendwind – 4.48 Psychose

Overview of premieres

Premieres 2019/20

Il viaggio a Reims / The Journey to Reims – Le Grand Macabre – Iphigenie auf Tauris – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg – Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein / The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein – Der goldene Drache – Don Carlo – Die andere Frau – Madama Butterfly – Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?

Overview of premieres

Premieres 2020/21

Guillaume Tell / William Tell – Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute – L’Orfeo – Capriccio – Weiße Rose – Blues Brothers – Die Gespenstersonate

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Premieres 2021/22

Norma – Don Carlo – La Cenerentola/ Cinderella – Die andere Frau/ The Other Wife (World Premiere) – Aida – Madama Butterfly – Rusalka – The Nose – Die kahle Sängerin/ The Bald Soprano – Blues Brothers – Into the Woods – Drei miese, fiese Kerle/ Three Mean, Nasty Guys – Weiße Rose

Overview of premieres