Press release

Festive Music at Christmas

Semperoper am Theaterplatz in der Dämmerung, in der Exedra leuchtet ein Weihnachtsbaum.

Dresden, 14 December 2021. Yesterday evening the Semperoper hosted the recording of a festive song recital to be streamed from 24 to 26 December 2021. Entitled »Und den Menschen hienieden sei Frieden«, fans around the world can enjoy a programme of yuletide music streamed directly into their homes, featuring classical works as well as familiar Christmas carols performed by company soloists. One firm favourite will, of course, be the »Abendsegen« from Humperdinck’s classic fairy-tale opera »Hänsel und Gretel«.

But before this event, opera lovers can look forward to the double bill of Pietro Mascagni’s »Cavalleria rusticana« and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s »Pagliacci« in the production by Philipp Stölzl. The Dresden premiere under the baton of Christian Thielemann, principal conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, took place at the Semperoper on 16 January 2016. On the 4th Advent weekend, the Semperoper’s co-production with the Salzburg Easter Festival can be enjoyed online.

»Und den Menschen hienieden sei Frieden«
Songs for Christmas performed by artists from the Semperoper Dresden
Available for streaming from 10 a.m. on 24 December 2021 up to and including 26 December 2021 at
Conducted by Jobst Schneiderat (piano). With Justyna Ołów, Alice Rossi, Mariya Taniguchi, Joseph Dennis, Simeon Esper, Martin-Jan Nijhof and Sebastian Wartig
Max Reger (1873-1916) »Mariä Wiegenlied« (Alice Rossi), Peter Cornelius (1824-1874) »Die Hirten«, »Drei Könige« from Weihnachtslieder, Op. 8 (Martin Jan Nijhof), Charles Gounod (1818-1893) »Méditation sur le premier Prélude de J. S. Bach« (»Ave Maria«) (Alice Rossi), Adolphe Adam (1803-1856) »Cantique de Noël« (Sebastian Wartig), Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) »Abendsegen« from the opera »Hänsel und Gretel«, (Mariya Taniguchi, Justyna Ołów), Gustav Holst (1874-1934) »In The Bleak Midwinter« (Simeon Esper), Leroy Anderson (1908-1975)/ Mitchell Parish (1900-1993) »Sleigh Ride« (Joseph Dennis, Simeon Esper, Martin-Jan Nijhof), Traditional »The First Nowell« (Joseph Dennis), Pietro Yon (1886-1943) »Gesù Bambino« (Ensemble)
Opera double bill »Cavalleria rusticana«/»Pagliacci«
Available for streaming from 5 p.m. on 17 December up to and including 19 December 2021 at
Melodramma in one act by Pietro Mascagni / Dramma in one prologue and two acts by Ruggero Leoncavallo in a recording from the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg in March 2015.
(A co-production with the Salzburg Easter Festival: premiere in Salzburg on 28 March 2015 and in Dresden on 16 January 2016)

With Maria Agresta, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Annalisa Stroppa, Stefania Toczyska, Tansel Akzeybek, Alessio Arduini, Jonas Kaufmann, Ambrogio Maestri and Dimitri Platanias as well as the State Opera Chorus, the Salzburg Festival and Theatre Children’s Choir, the Bach Choir Salzburg. The Staatskapelle Dresden is conducted by Christian Thielemann.