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Semper Opera House (Semperoper)

Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden, Saxony, Germany (Innere Altstadt)
0351/49 11-0
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Ranked #4 of 67 attractions in Dresden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Operas, Theaters
Owner description: Restored to its former magnificence after its destruction in the 1945 bombing of Dresden, this elaborate, High Renaissance style opera house presents... more » Owner description: Restored to its former magnificence after its destruction in the 1945 bombing of Dresden, this elaborate, High Renaissance style opera house presents opera, ballet and jazz performances, and is worth a visit if only to marvel at its ornate interior. « less
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Rural Northamptonshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This amazing building, as so for so many others in Dresden, has been rebuilt in all its former glory. Tickets are very easy to organise. Booked very early online, collected tickets before the performance at the ticket office which IS NOT in the opera building itself but behind the café seen to the left of the square so collect before... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

We saw La Bohema, it was excellent. The Opera House is also very nice and the seats are comfortable, there is also an air-condition inside.

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Southend On Sea
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

it was great to spend an unforgettable afternoon in the lavish Semper Opera, built in 1841 by the German architect Gottfied Semper. Set at the Theater Square in the heart of Dresden, the portal of the Opera depicts famous artists such as Goethe, Shakespeare and Moliere. it was completley destroyed by the Allied bombing in 1945; after extensive reconstruction, the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Opera House has been lovingly restored outside and inside after the events of WW2. There is a classic Canaletto view of the city from the river and the theater is a main part of it. The only structural difference is an enhanced stage area to enable scenery movements but blends in ands does not detract from the appearance. The... More

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USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We saw The Knights. The clearest sounds I ever heard. Supposedly the 2nd best acoustics in all of Europe (Milano has the best opera house). The level of commitment that Dresdeners have to the arts and to rebuilding famous buildings to the original specs is just incredible.

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montreal
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

On the particular evening that we visited, the opera was not inspiring but the building itself was certainly worth the price of admission. It is a real architectural gem.

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I loved the Semperoper, it is elegant, old, and perfectly fits with the whole "persona" of Dresden. Some of the greats are enshrined on the walls on the inside and the design it indicative of the 18th century Baroque era. Very classical, very beautiful, a must when in Dresden

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Purchase tickets for the afternoon English-language tour in the building diagonally across the square from the opera house itself (where you also purchase tickets for the performances). The tour takes you into the main public areas but unfortunately not backstage or under the stage to see the theatre's amazing operations. We tried to purchase advance tickets but the cheapest were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My husband and I arrived in Dresden in the middle of our honeymoon. We happen to stumble upon this building because there was a large crowd gathering outside with bier tents. I'm so glad we stopped to check it out. It happened to be the 150th birthday celebration of Strauss and they were performing a special concert while projecting it... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

During our first day of visiting the sights we arrived at The Opera House and we told a tour in English would not take place until 3.45pm - two hours later. We enquired about tickets for the opera and luckily we were able to get seats for the same night at 14.50 euros. The opera was "La Boheme". We did... More

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