Dresden: Semperoper

Semperoper - Dresden opera houseThe Semperoper, Dresden’s magnificent opera house, never fails to impress. Its lavish interior is the perfect setting to enjoy the best that the classical music world has to offer.

Built in 1841 by architect Gottfried Semper, the Semperoper, home of the Saxon State Opera Dresden, holds a prominent place in music history. Wagner and Weber conducted there. The opera house also premiered the works of Richard Strauss such as Salomé, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier.

Like many theaters in Europe, the Semper Opera House suffered a number of catastrophic loses, and subsequent rebirths. A fire gutted the theater in 1869 and, after it was rebuilt, World War II bombings destroyed it. The opera house was later restored to its former elegance with careful attention paid to the façade, original interior decorations as well as to its legendary acoustics.

The Semperoper presents opera, ballet and concerts of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the orchestra of the Saxon State Opera, throughout its season.

Upcoming Performances & Tickets



Address: Theaterplatz 2
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Semperoper Reviews:

Staatskapelle Dresden: Triumph for Myung-Whun Chung


Hotels We Love Near the Semperoper

Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden
Built in the 18th century by a Saxon king, the hotel, located near the Semperoper, Dresden Castle and the Frauenkirche Church, features a baroque nouveau design style with high ceilings and contemporary decor. The elegant rooms feature primary colors mixed with warm neutrals and marble bathrooms with heated floors.

Hotel Suitess
This 5-star-superior hotel with original Baroque fa├žade stands beside Dresden's famous Frauenkirche Church and just a short walk from the Semperoper. Rooms are decorated in a 19th-century style and feature bathrooms of Italian marble.