Dear audience members ...

Dear audience members,

On April 24 the Saxon Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism decided that the Saxon State Theatres must cease operations for the rest of the 2019/20 season. Although this closure of the Semperoper is indeed distressing to us all, it is the only way to guarantee the safety and health of our visitors, our artists and all staff members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your understanding and loyalty, and very much hope to see you again soon at the Semperoper.

Until the end of August, we are all working flat out to resolve two areas of concern: On the one hand, the colleagues from our sales department are doing their best to answer all of your questions regarding ticket exchanges for cancelled performances as well as taking ticket orders for the upcoming season. Please have some patience with us if we need a bit more time to deal with your queries ...

On the other hand, it is now time to slowly ramp up the rehearsal process again and prepare artistically for the next season. In this way we wish to minimize the already enormous impact of the Corona pandemic. This season we have been forced to cancel star-studded opera productions and concerts as well as no fewer than five premieres, namely the operas »Madama Butterfly« and »Don Carlo«, the world premiere of »Die andere Frau«, the ballet premiere »Vier letzte Lieder« as well as the piece »Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?« in Semper Zwei.

As you can imagine, we are already looking intensively at alternative ways of bringing all of these wonderful productions onto our stages for your ›virtual‹ enjoyment. With all due respect for the exigencies of the current state of emergency, art and culture are just as essential to democracy and society as humanity, tolerance and fellowship. Of course, music theatre, ballet and concerts in the form of recordings and digital streams are, in the long run, merely a surrogate for the true emotional charge and magic of the shared artistic experience. In this spirit, from 28 August onwards we will once again affirm the words from Leoncavallo’s »Pagliacci«: »Why the delay? Get on with the play!«

Stay healthy and true to us – and we’ll meet again soon at the Semperoper!

Peter Theiler
Artistic Director of the Dresden State Opera