Press release

The resumption of live performances with two premieres

Premierenplakat »Die andere Frau« vor der Semperoper

Dresden, 12 January 2022. The Semperoper Dresden will welcome back audiences to its venues when the new Coronavirus Protection Ordinance comes into force on 15 January 2022. After the Staatskapelle Dresden perform their 5th symphony concert, the musical events for January continue with new productions of »The Bald Soprano« and »The Other Wife«. The programme running until 23 January 2022 will also feature Mozart’s »The Magic Flute«. Unfortunately, the originally planned performances of »Die Fledermaus« are now cancelled.

To celebrate the return of live performances, the Semperoper invites guests to the premiere of Luciano Chailly’s chamber opera »The Bald Soprano« on Sunday, 16 January 2022. Based on the absurdist masterpiece of the same name by French playwright Eugène Ionesco, director Barbora Horáková has restaged this musical work for Dresden. In our Semper Zwei venue, where Horáková successfully staged Peter Eötvös’s »The Golden Dragon« in 2019, this musical rarity by Chailly, first performed in Vienna in 1986, can now be enjoyed in its German premiere.

Previously scheduled for the 2019/2020 season, the world premiere of »The Other Wife« by Torsten Rasch will take place on Saturday, 22 January 2022. Commissioned by Saxon State Opera, the Dresden-born composer has created – in collaboration with librettist Helmut Krausser – a »music theatre in ten scenes« based on the biblical story of Abraham and Sarah. This production for the Semperoper is staged by Immo Karaman. Exploiting the visual skills of video artist László Zsolt Bordos (Bordos.Art.Works), Karaman succeeds in his extraordinary realisation of this opera about the origin of the three great monotheistic religions. Evelyn Herlitzius and Markus Marquardt will interpret the Old Testament figures, while the Iranian-American artist Sussan Deyhim is a guest performer in the role of the Eyewitness. The Staatskapelle will be conducted by Michael Wendeberg.

Ticket sales for all performances at the Semperoper from 16 to 23 January 2022 will begin at 10 am on Friday, 14 January 2022. In addition to its regular opening hours from 10 am to 1 pm on weekdays, the box office in the Schinkelwache will also open on Friday, 14 January 2022, from 10 am to 6 pm and on Saturday, 15 January 2022, from 10 am to 1 pm. Of course, tickets may also be purchased via our online service at The Semperoper will provide information in good time about our upcoming programme from 24 January 2022 and the scheduled ticket sales for later events.

It is expected that the so-called ‘2G-Plus Rule’ will apply to all Semperoper venues. An FFP2 mask must be worn at all times in our venues. Details of all other coronavirus protection regulations for visitors can be found on

»The Bald Soprano« Luciano Chailly
Premiere in Semper Zwei on 16 January 2022, 6 p.m. 
Further performances on 18, 19, 21 and 22 January 2022 
Staged by Barbora Horáková
With Dilara Bastar, Anna Kudriashova-Stepanets, Jennifer Riedel, Mariya Taniguchi, Doğukan Kuran, Martin-Jan, Nijhof, Peter Tantsits
The project orchestra will be conducted by Thomas Leo Cadenbach  

»The Other Wife« Torsten Rasch
World premiere in the Semperoper on 22 January 2022, 7 p.m. 
Staged by Immo Karaman with video installations by László Zsolt Bordos
With Evelyn Herlitzius,, Markus Marquardt and others
Also featuring the voices of the Dresden Symphonic Choir (the auxiliary choir of the Semperoper Dresden) and AuditivVokal Dresden. The Staatskapelle Dresden will be conducted by Michael Wendeberg.
This work was commissioned by Saxon State Opera
With the kind support of the Semperoper Foundation 
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Schinkelwache box office on Theaterplatz (T +49 (0)351 4911 705).