"A Particularly Apt Name for this Opera House" Semperoper - Semper Opera House Tip by Ekaterinburg

  Semper Opera House
by Ekaterinburg
  • Semper Opera House - Dresden
      Semper Opera House
    by Ekaterinburg
  • KIng Johan outside the Semper Oper - Dresden
      KIng Johan outside the Semper Oper
    by Ekaterinburg

The night before I visited Dresden I had been at the Deutch Oper in Berlin. The opera we saw was Der Freischutz by Carl Maria von Weber and not one person in the group had heard of either previously. I really enjoyed the performance though and to my delight discovered that Carl Maria von Weber composed the opera while living in Dresden and that Der Freischutz was the last opera performed in the Opera House before its destruction and the first to be performed when it re-opened. Von Weber died in London in 1826 but in 1844 Richard Wagner arranged for his remains to be interred in Dresden. There are many reminders of him throughout Dresden, most notably the Carl Maria von Weber Museum and his burial place at the Inner Catholic Cemetery.

The Semper Oper has been described as the most beautiful Opera House in the world but I have to say that I would not agree with this description. From the outside I didn't particularly like the shape or style of the building and until I get to attend a performance there the interior will remain an unknown quantity.

What one has to admire however is the amazing history of Dresden's Staat Oper.

1841 : completed and named after its architect, Gottfried Semper
1869: destroyed by fire
1871-'78: rebuilt by Semper and his son Manfred
1945: destroyed in the bombing of Dresden
1977-'85: re-constructed
2002: severely damaged by floods

So even if you have absolutely no interest in opera or music and if you are not very impressed by the exterior, do stand in awe at the spirit of survival which this building represents.

Address: Theater Platz 2
Directions: Near the Zwinger complex on Theater Platz
Phone: 0351 - 4911 705
Website: http://www.dresden.de

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  • Updated Mar 17, 2008
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