In answer to Tamino’s question about who he is, Papageno says »A man like you«. Tamino’s reply to the counter-question is that he comes from »princely blood«. Thus it is clear from the word go that while the bird-catcher Papageno has true humanity, this is something still lacking in Tamino. While this goal is truly noble, the pathway to achieving it is humorous, playful and, one could say, humane. As described by the libretto, the protagonists undergo various trials, encounter hell’s vengeance and the sweetest love, meet dancing animals and child-spirits, until Tamino and Pagageno finally reach their happy goal. On the one hand, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last opera »The Magic Flute«, which premiered in Vienna in 1791, follows the venerable tradition of Viennese magical theatre. On the other hand, Mozart and his librettist Emanuel Schikaneder were also inspired by the Enlightenment ideas of the Freemasons to create a blend of crazy buffoonery and Masonic symbolism, striking misogyny and the deepest humanity, all infused with heavenly music. These elements make »The Magic Flute« the successful opera that has been enjoyed by each generation and is still beloved today.
Opera highlights with Christian Thielemann
»Der Ring des Nibelungen«
Remaining tickets for the individual performances can be purchased from 10 a.m. on 1 September 2020.
»Das Rheingold« Fri, 29 January 2021, 6 p.m., price category P
»Die Walküre« Sun, 30 January 2021, 4 p.m., price category SON Ring
»Siegfried« Mon, 1 February 2021, 4 p.m., price category SON Ring
»Götterdämmerung« Wed, 3 February 2021, 4 p.m., price category SON Ring
»Das Rheingold« Son, 7 February 2021, 6 p.m., price category P
»Die Walküre« Mon, 8 February 2021, 4 p.m., price category SON Ring
»Siegfried« Wed, 10 February 2021, 4 p.m., price category SON Ring
»Götterdämmerung« Fri, 12 February 2021, 4 p.m., price category SON Ring
Sat, 8 May 2021, 6 p.m. , price category R (premiere)
Fri, 14 May 2021, 7 p.m. , price category N
Sun, 16 May 2021, 7 p.m. , price category K
Concert highlights with Christian Thielemann
»Symphony Concert No. 1« 2020/21
Sun, 30 August 2020, 7 p.m., price category KON6
Tue, 1 September 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON6
»Symphony Concert No. 3« 2020/21
Sun, 18 October 2020, 11 a.m., price category KON6
Mon, 19 October 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON6
Tue, 20 October 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON6
»Symphony Concert No. 5« 2020/21
Sun, 13 December 2020, 11 a.m., price category KON6
Mon, 14 December 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON6
Tue, 15 December 2020, 8 p.m., price category KON6
New Year's Eve Concerts of the Staatskapelle Dresden
Wed, 30 December 2020, 6 p.m., price category KON13
Thu, 31 December 2020, 5 p.m., price category KON13
The young adventurer Peer Gynt sets out to become »King of the World«. He seduces and abandons those around him, always in search of himself. Along the way he meets many people, both benevolent and manipulative, finds inspiration and disappointment, and is nowhere really accepted. Apart from his aged mother Aase, whom he buries with a heavy heart, the only person to truly love him is the girl Solveig, who waits a lifetime for him in their home country, because that’s how long it takes for Peer to return. Swedish choreographer Johan Inger, last seen in Dresden with »Walking Mad« and »Carmen«, has turned the never-ending journey of Peer Gynt, forever in search of an identity and happiness, into a full-length ballet, which enjoyed its premiere in Basel in 2017. In a cross-disciplinary work combining dance, pantomime and song, Inger fuses Peer Gynt’s life and experiences with various stages from his own artistic career. The result is a gripping and witty story told using a striking physical vocabulary.
»Peer Gynt«, Ballet in two acts by Johan Inger
Fri 27.11.2020, 7 p.m., price category H (Premiere)
Mon 30.11.2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Tue 01.12.2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Thu 03.12.2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Tue 08.12.2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Wed 09.12.2020, 7 p.m., price category F
Pjotr I. Tschaikovsky’s »Nutcracker«, which premiered in St. Petersburg in 1892, is a Christmas classic as popular with Semperoper audiences as Dresden Stollen or the famous Striezelmarkt. In their interpretation, Aaron S. Watkin and Jason Beechey have drawn on the stories of E. T. A. Hoffmann to create a fairy-tale classical ballet set in Dresden during the festive period: On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a nutcracker that immediately becomes her prized possession. Soon, however, danger appears in the form a horde of belligerent mice. Then the nutcracker springs to life and does battle with the enemy army. Accompanied by her new protector, the girl embarks on a journey through a land of sweet dreams, and into adulthood.
»Der Nussknacker/The Nutcracker«, Ballet in two acts by Aaron S. Watkin and Jason Beechey
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