Semperoper at home


Every Thursday afternoon we present a programme directly from the Semperoper. The members of our vocal ensemble, the Semperoper Ballett, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Staatsopernchor Dresden (State Opera Choir) fill the opera house again with dance, singing and music by Richard Strauss, Gioachino Rossini, Johannes Brahms.

Generously supported by the Stiftung Semperoper – Förderstiftung

Open air rehearsal of the Staatsopernchor

»Zigeunerlieder« (»Gypsy Songs«) op. 103 by Johannes Brahms

Due to hygiene regulations, the Sächsischer Staatsopernchor (Saxon State Opera Choir) is currently only able to rehearse indoors in small groups. That is why it presents itself to the audience with an open air rehearsal of the »Zigeunerlieder« (»Gypsy Songs«) by Johannes Brahms at a special location: Watch the Staatsopernchor rehearsing in the loading area at the back of the opera house. Choirmaster Jan Hoffmann conducts the rehearsal where normally large trucks deliver the parts of the sceneries.


Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Jan Hoffmann Conductor
Christoph Heinig Piano

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs) op. 103
Text: Hungarian folk songs in German adaption by Hugo Conrat

No. 1 »He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein …«
No. 2 »Hochgetürmte Rimaflut, wie bist du so trüb …«
No. 4 »Lieber Gott, du weißt, wie oft bereut ich hab, …«
No. 5 »Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze sein blauäugig schönes Kind …«
No. 7 »Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn, mein süßes Lieb …«
No. 11 »Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament, …«

Recording on 16 June 2020

COW – Scenes from the ballet by Alexander Ekman

»Semper:Thursday« on 2 July 2020

COW is an award-winning ballet curiosity by Alexander Ekman from 2016, which tells poetic, surreal and everyday stories in twelve individual scenes with wit and irony–always watched by a cow that remains in the moment and stays apparently uninvolved. The Semperoper Ballett presents three scenes from the masterpiece–with cow, of course!


Regeln (rules) – Christian Bauch
Fnerf – Courtney Richardson
Deux – Svetlana Gileva, Denis Veginy

Semperoper Ballett

Recording on 18 June 2020 in the Semperoper

»Prima la musica!« –
Richard Strauss: String Sextet from »Capriccio«

»Semper:Thursday« on 25 June 2020

Words or music – what is more important in opera? »Capriccio«, Richard Strauss’s last work for the stage, poses this perennial question in a very concrete way: Both the poet Olivier and the composer Flamand vie for the heart of the Countess Madelaine, each with the means provided by his art. The famous string sextet from the beginning of the opera quickly turns out to be a work by the young Flamand, composed in a bid to win the Countess’s affection – a musical attempt at seduction in the flowing style of Strauss’s late works. 


Musicians of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden:
Thomas Meining Violin
Barbara Meining Violin
Andreas Schreiber Viola
Stephan Pätzold Viola
Martin Jungnickel Violoncello
Friedwart Christian Dittmann Violoncello

Richard Strauss: String Sextet »Capriccio« op. 85

Recording on 11 May 2020 in the Semperoper

Staatskapelle Dresden

»Hotel Room 1942« – Songs from the exile

»Semper:Thursday« on 18 June 2020

The third »Semper:Thursday« is dedicated to poems and songs written during the times of exile. For many European artists, such as Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler or Bertolt Brecht, America in particular became a safe place far from home in the 1930s and 1940s, giving them the opportunity for a new start as artists.

With the members of our soloist ensemble Angela Liebold, Martin-Jan Nijhof and Simeon Esper, accompanied by Naomi Shamban on the piano.


Hanns Eisler »Hotelzimmer 1942« (»Hollywooder Liederbuch«; Bertolt Brecht) Martin-Jan Nijhof
Hanns Eisler »An den kleinen Radioapparat« (»Hollywooder Liederbuch«; Bertolt Brecht) Martin-Jan Nijhof
Stefan Wolpe »If it be my fate« (Rachel) Martin-Jan Nijhof
Paul Dessau »Rabe«, »Pferd«, »Kellerassel« (»Tierverse«, Bertolt Brecht) Angela Liebold 
Kurt Weill »Le Grand Lustucru« (Jacques Deval) Simeon Esper
Kurt Weill »One Life to Live« (Ira Gershwin) Simeon Esper

Recording from 29 May 2020 in the Semperoper

Hanns Eisler: »An den kleinen Radioapparat« and »Hotelzimmer 1942« – by courtesy of Deutscher Verlag für Musik Leipzig
Stefan Wolpe: »If it be my fate« – Peermusic GmbH
Paul Dessau: »Tierverse« (»Rabe«, »Pferd«, »Kellerassel«) – Boosey & Hawkes · Bote & Bock GmbH
Kurt Weill: »Le grand Lustucru« – Bosworth Music GmbH / Wise Music Group; The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
Kurt Weill: »If one life to live« – Warner Chappell Music Inc.; The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music

Last songs, last jokes. Lieder by Gioachino Rossini

»Semper:Thursday« on 11 June 2020

Gioachino Rossini had officially retired at the age of 37 after his last opera »Guillaume Tell«. But he continued to delight his friends and guests with countless small and witty compositions. Thomas Leo Cadenbach and the Junges Ensemble of the Semperoper have looked around the great collection of songs, arias and ensembles that Rossini has accumulated in his »Soirées musicales« and present some of their finds.

We would like to thank the Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei for its partnership and the associated support of the Junges Ensemble.


Mariya Taniguchi Soprano
Julia Muzychenko Soprano
Anna Kudriashova-Stepanets Mezzo Soprano
Beomjin Kim Tenore
Dogukan Kuran Baritone
Mateusz Hoedt Bass

Sebastian Ludwig Piano
Thomas Leo Cadenbach Piano / Musical Director

»La lontananza« (Giuseppe Torre) Beomjin Kim, Sebastian Ludwig
»Elégie« (Émilien Pacini) Mariya Taniguchi, Thomas Leo Cadenbach
»Le gittane« (Giuseppe Torre) Julia Muzychenko, Anna Kudriashova-Stepanets, Sebastian Ludwig
»L’ultimo ricordo« (Giovanni Redaelli) Dogukan Kuran, Thomas Leo Cadenbach
»Ave Maria« (Liturgisch) Mateusz Hoedt, Sebastian Ludwig
»I gondolieri« (Anonym) Ensemble

Recording on 3 June 2020 in the Semperoper

Junges Ensemble

»Nachtigall, sie singt so schön« –
Liebeslieder Walzer by Johannes Brahms

»Semper:Thursday« on 4 June 2020

Our second »Semper:Thursday« is about love: In Johannes Brahmsʼ short miniatures of the »Liebeslieder Walzer«, love is described sometimes seriously, sometimes humorously, sometimes ironically and sometimes angrily. With the members of our soloist ensemble Katerina von Bennigsen, Stepanka Pucalkova, Gerald Hupach and Matthias Henneberg, accompanied by Piotr Kaczmarczyk and Clemens Posselt on the piano.


Katerina von Bennigsen Soprano
Stepanka Pucalkova Mezzo soprano
Gerald Hupach Tenor
Matthias Henneberg Bass

Piotr Kaczmarczyk Piano
Clemens Posselt Piano

Johannes Brahmsʼ Liebeslieder Walzer op. 52 after texts from Georg Friedrich Daumer’s »Polydora«

»Rede, Mädchen, allzu liebes«
»Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut«
»O, die Frauen«
»Wie des Abends schöne Röte«
»Die grüne Hopfenranke«
»Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel«
»Wenn so lind dein Auge mir«
»Am Donaustrande«
»O wie sanft die Quelle sich«
»Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen«
»Schlosser auf, und mache Schlösser«
»Nachtigall, sie singt so schön«
»Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe«
»Es bebet das Gesträuche«

Recording on 28 May 2020 in the Semperoper

»Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten?« –
Lieder by Richard Strauss

»Semper:Thursday« on 28 May 2020

Richard Strauss and the Semperoper simply belong together. No composer has been associated so closely with the opera house for decades, and so our »Semper:Thursday« of course opens with a Strauss program. Christa Mayer, Tuuli Takala, and Sebastian Wartig sing some of the composer’s most beautiful songs, accompanied by Johannes Wulff-Woesten on the piano.


Tuuli Takala Soprano
KS Christa Mayer Mezzo soprano
Sebastian Wartig Baritone

Johannes Wulff-Woesten Piano

»Geduld« op. 10 Nr. 5 (Hermann von Gilm) Christa Mayer
»Ich wollt’ ein Sträußlein binden« op. 68 Nr. 2 (Clemens von Brentano) Tuuli Takala
»Ständchen« op. 17 Nr. 2 (Adolf Friedrich von Schack) Sebastian Wartig
»Ruhe, meine Seele« op. 27 Nr. 1 (Karl Friedrich Henckell) Christa Mayer
»Amor« op. 68 Nr. 5 (Clemens von Brentano) Tuuli Takala
»Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten« op. 19 Nr. 4 (Adolf Friedrich von Schack) Sebastian Wartig
»Zueignung« op. 10 Nr. 1 (Hermann von Gilm) Christa Mayer

Recording on 22 May 2020 in the Semperoper