One of the world’s top orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden and its Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann appear more than 260 times in opera, ballet or concert performances in the Semperoper.
One of the oldest orchestras in the world, the Staatskapelle Dresden is steeped in tradition. Prominent directors who have left their mark on this one-time court orchestra include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner, who called the orchestra his »miraculous harp«. Over the last 100 years the list of principal conductors has included Fritz Busch, Karl Böhm, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Kurt Sanderling, Herbert Blomstedt and Giuseppe Sinopoli. More recently, the Kapelle has been led by Bernard Haitink (2002–2004) and Fabio Luisi (2007–2010). Christian Thielemann has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since the 2012/13 season, from which time Myung-Whun Chung has been Principal Guest Conductor. In May 2016 the orchestra appointed Herbert Blomstedt its Conductor Laureate. Numerous legendary recordings confirm the prestige of the Staatskapelle as a concert and opera orchestra. In 2007 the Staatskapelle became the first – and so far only – orchestra to be awarded the »European Prize for the Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage«.