"Opera and Cycling in Dresden" Dresden by Nemorino
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Performances at the Semper Opera House in Dresden are usually sold out weeks or months in advance. When this happens you will notice because they remove the ticket icon from that performance on their website www.semperoper.de.
Don't give up too quickly though, because a night at the opera in Dresden is a great experience. The interior decoration of the opera house is beautiful, the acoustics are outstanding, the orchestra is good and with any luck you will also get to see and hear some fine singers.
My first trip to Dresden was in January 1998. The performance of Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutte was sold out, so I phoned the hotel I was booked into and asked if they couldn't get tickets for me anyway. They said they would see what they could do, and sure enough, they had two tickets for me (at face value, with no markup) when I arrived.
Unfortunately my colleague from the publishing house got sick that afternoon and couldn't come to the opera. So I took her ticket along and sold it a few minutes before show time to a Korean student who was waiting outside the opera house for someone like me to come along.
My second visit was in September 2004. Verdi's opera Don Carlo (the four-act Italian version) was sold out, so I called the opera house at 03 51 / 4 91 17 05 and after the usual waiting in the loop was connected to a nice woman who asked me how many tickets I needed. I said one, and she said in that case yes. One ticket had just been returned (this can happen when a subscriber swaps dates, as I sometimes have to do in Frankfurt), so I took it and paid by credit card.
So I got to see two operas in Dresden after all, which I was really happy about, and they were fine except that the staging seemed a bit pale compared to what I am used to at other German opera houses. But to be fair I should explain that both Cosi fan tutte and Don Carlo are operas I dearly love and have often seen in elsewhere. And at an opera house like Dresden (or Vienna, for instance) with a large percentage of tourists in the audience you can't really expect a lot of innovative staging, because that isn't what their audience wants.
In September 2008 I was sent to Dresden once again to do a teachers' workshop, and I took the opportunity to go to the opera with two VirtualTourist members, Kathrin_E (Kathrin) and german_eagle (Ingo).
Ingo has posted an album with a nice photo of the three of us in the lobby of the Semper Opera.
I have now added ten new tips (and various updates) to my Dresden page. The new tips are at the beginning of their respective categories: one new Hotel tip, two new Things to Do tips, two new Off the Beaten Path tips, one new Restaurant tip and four new Transportation tips.
In 2004 the Elbe Valley in Dresden was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the category of a cultural landscape.
A mere five years later, in 2009, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee decided to remove the Elbe Valley from the World Heritage List due to the building of a four-lane bridge in the heart of the cultural landscape, which meant that the area failed to keep its "outstanding universal value as inscribed."
According to UNESCO's website Dresden is only the second property ever to have been removed from the World Heritage List. The first was Oman's Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, which was delisted in 2007.
According to the city administration, bicycle usage in Dresden for journeys to and from work increased by 40 % from 2002... more travel advice
NextBike is a private bicycle sharing system that is quite similar to DB Call-a-Bike except that it is partially paid... more travel advice
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