Opera Gala with Award Ceremony

Award winner: set and costume designer Johannes Leiacker

In cooperation with the Semperoper Foundation



  • Starting Time: 5 pm

  • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

  • Guided tour through the Semperoper
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    The »Phoenix Award of the founder and benefactor of the Semperoper Foundation, Senator h.c. Rudi Häussler« honours outstanding artists who belong to or are closely associated with the Semperoper. The Foundation aims to promote artistic excellence and diversity at Saxon State Opera, thereby helping to maintain its rich cultural heritage. The prize, which has been awarded since 1993, is intended to further enhance the international reputation of the Semperoper in a truly special way. Previous recipients have been Christian Thielemann, Evelyn Herlitzius, Georg Zeppenfeld, the Semperoper Ballett, Jón Vallejo and Omer Meir Wellber.

    This year’s prize goes to the acclaimed set and costume designer Johannes Leiacker, who has been closely associated with the Semperoper for over 25 years. Born in the Bavarian town of Landshut, Leiacker is one of the leading stage designers of our time, having worked with such directors as Peter Konwitschny, Dietrich W. Hilsdorf, Christof Loy and Guy Joosten. Leiacker has twice received the coveted accolade »Stage Designer of the Year«: in 2009 for his designs for »Tosca« in Philipp Himmelmann’s production at the Bregenz Festival (which also became the setting for a »James Bond« film with Daniel Craig) and in 2018 for the set he created for Brigitte Fassbaender’s production of Richard Strauss’s »Capriccio« at Frankfurt Opera. With his eleven productions to date in Dresden, he has played a major role in shaping the aesthetic image of the Semperoper. Stage designs and costumes by Johannes Leiacker can be seen in the current season in the new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s »La sonnambula« directed by Rolando Villazón as well as in the returning productions of »Les Huguenots« (2019), »Norma« (2021) and »Rusalka« (2022).

    The prize will be awarded at a festive opera gala on 22 November 2022 with both the Semperoper ensemble and the Staatskapelle Dresden. Furthermore, this year the Semperoper Foundation will once again award the »Curt Taucher Prize« to a highly talented young artist in recognition of their achievements to date and to provide encouragement for their future career.