The members of the Dresden Symphony Chorus have been performing on the stage of the Semperoper since 1915. The ensemble’s first artistic director, the then choral director of the Dresden Court Opera, Karl Maria Pembaur, wished to provide the professional State Opera Chorus with »vocal reinforcement« for concerts as well as the large choral scenes common to operas by Wagner and Verdi.
Since this time the Symphony Chorus has performed in numerous opera productions as an auxiliary choir of the Semperoper Dresden. Its current programme includes »Lohengrin«, »Tannhäuser«, »Fidelio« and »Hansel and Gretel«. The 100th anniversary of Dresden State Theatre was celebrated in 2013 with the premiere of the baroque semi-opera »King Arthur«. In this co-production by the State Theatre and the State Opera, the choral passages were sung by the Symphony Chorus alone.
In addition, the Chorus presents its own operatic concerts, performs sacred as well as secular choral music and enjoys exploring the musical traditions of other countries.
Interested in joining us?
Do you dream of singing on one of Germany’s great opera stages? We can help! The Dresden Symphony Chorus Dresden – the auxiliary choir of the Semperoper Dresden – is looking for new members in all vocal groups.
What do we offer?
Participation in selected productions on the stage of the Semperoper – in particular, singing and acting with the Saxon State Opera Chorus, sometimes combined with small independent scenic tasks. In addition, we have concert performances outside the opera house.
When do we rehearse?
Regular musical training at weekly full-chorus rehearsals, usually on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is complemented by extra rehearsal sessions, especially for returning productions. Staged and dress rehearsals usually take place in the morning.
What do we ask of you?
A love of singing and theatre; a willingness to donate a lot of free time for rehearsals (also in the mornings) and performances; a confident and strong voice along with experience in score-reading (vocal training desired, but not an absolute prerequisite); the ability to memorise lengthy passages of music, on occasion with non-German libretti.
How can I apply?
Singers with a serious interest should contact the chorus board at email@example.com. In addition to providing a musical CV, you are required to audition for the choral director and the chorus board with a prepared aria, an art song or similar. (Please bring the piano accompaniment with you!). Appointments are arranged individually.
Choirmaster (temporary) Jan Hoffmann
Assistant to the Choirmaster Christoph Heinig
Choir board Verona Löpelt, Dagmar Brauer, Norbert Unger, Freya Petersohn, Gerd Kahlig
Gabriele Forkert, Marion Friedemann, Verona Löpelt, Elisabeth Michaelis, Katja Prate
Christiane Doberenz, Heike Froebel, Franziska Graube, Ulrike Kothe, Beate Patzner
Barbara Adam, Dagmar Brauer, Rebekka Brühl, Regina Fritze, Brigitte Hirsch, Sina Liebmann, Annette Mehler, Freya Petersohn, Claudia Pitzer, Cornelia Röthling, Friederike Schaible, Heide Schmidt, Christiane Werner
Katrin Bratke, Sira Richter
Benedict Beemelmans, Daniel Herrmann, Andreas Küchler, Luis Lay, Werner Werz
Eberhard Glöß, Marian Hanke, Rüdiger Müller, Andreas Reisner, Lukas Seidler, Norbert Unger
Pablo Diaz-Aller, Jens Franeck, Martin Haaser, Egbert Heller, Lucas Hofmann, Gerd Kahlig, Jörg Müller, Thomas Neubert