"Semperoper or Semper Opera House" Semperoper - Semper Opera House Tip by richiecdisc

  Semper Operna from Theaterplatz
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      Semper Operna from Theaterplatz
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  • the panther-drawn chariot - Dresden
      the panther-drawn chariot
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Though an opera house existed on this site as early as 1678 it was not until 1838 that work began on Gottfried Semper?s Renaissance style masterpiece which took three years to complete. He relied much on Roman architecture in his design and it became noted for its premiers of many of Wagner?s works. Fire unfortunately destroyed the building during Semper?s exile but he was awarded its redesign nonetheless. His son oversaw the building until its completion in 1878. Another tragic chapter in its history arrived with its total destruction during WWII bombings. It even more tragically did not reopen again until 1985. One of its more noted features is a statue by Johann Schilling of a panther drawn chariot with Greek gods Dionysus and Ariadne at the helm. The same sculptor did the equestrian statue of the Saxon King John which was added in 1889.

Tours are available daily but are dependent on shows in the theater itself. They are in German only but you can get a text version in many languages and for only 5 Euros it is a way to see the impressive interior if you do not like or cannot afford opera.

Address: Theaterplatz 2
Directions: In the Theaterplatz, just west of the Schlossplatz.
Phone: 0351 - 4911 705
Website: http://www.semperoper.de

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2008
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