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Opera and Operetta in Dresden, Germany
Dresden's Old Town on the banks of the Elbe
The German city of Dresden is situated on the banks of the River Elbe, near the Czech border. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its Baroque and Rococo city centre.
Following allied bombing raids in the Second World War much of the city centre was destroyed, but painstaking restoration of many of the most important buildings has been ongoing for more than 60 years. These include the magnificent Semper Opera House - one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the Royal Palace, the Catholic Cathedral and the Dresden Frauenkirche.
Following the unification of Germany in 1990, Dresden regained importance as one of the cultural, educational, political and economic centres of Germany.
Musically, Dresden is unique in being home of the only dedicated Operetta Theatre in Germany.
Holidays and breaks in Dresden are individually tailored to each guest's requirements, simply contact us with your requirements or interests and we will be more than happy to put together some suggested proposals for you, without obligation on your part.
The Semper Opera House
Semper Opera House
The magnificent Semperoper dominates the Theaterplatz on the River Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city.
The original building opened its doors in 1841, constructed to a design by Gottfried Semper. Following a devastating fire in 1869, the citizens of Dresden immediately set about rebuilding their beloved opera house. This was completed in 1878, also to a design by Semper. The Semper Opera House has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Ricard Strauss.
In 1945, during the final months of World War II, the Semperoper was once again razed to the ground. After a second reconstruction was successfully completed in 1985, the reopening of one of Europe’s most beautiful opera houses was celebrated with a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera "Der Freischütz", the last work to be performed prior to the bombing raid that destroyed the earlier building.
The dazzling interiors were painstakingly reconstructed by local craftsmen and artists according to original plans, whilst the stage machinery and technical fittings in the auditorium are state-of-the-art. Internationally renowned for its brilliant acoustics and incomparable performances, audiences from around the world continue to flock to Dresden to enjoy a unique evening in the Semperoper.
The repertoire for 2016-17 includes Opera, Ballet, Concerts and Galas.
Please contact us for full details.
The Dresden Operetta Theatre
Located to the south east of the city centre, the Operetta Theatre in Dresden features a year-round programme of Operetta and Musicals. There are plans to move to a new home in the city centre when restoration is complete.
Please contact us for details of the current repertoire.
Where to Stay in Dresden
There is an excellent range of accommodation in Dresden ranging from luxury 5 Star hotels in restored Baroque palaces to simpler budget hotels and serviced / non serviced apartments. We are happy to assist you with booking of accommodation, transfers and excursions for your stay in Dresden.
Top Attractions in Dresden
During your visit to Dresden don't miss the following attractions:
Bruhl Terrace Zwinger Palace
FrauenKirche The Royal Palace
architecture and wide tree lined streets.