Semper Opera House (Semperoper)

Semper Opera House (Semperoper), Dresden: Hours, Address, Semper Opera House (Semperoper) Reviews: 4.5/5

Semper Opera House (Semperoper)

Semper Opera House (Semperoper)
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
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.
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Neighborhood: Innere Altstadt
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Jae L
Long Island, NY5,392 contributions
Majestic Opera House with Proud History
Sep 2019
During our train travel through Germany, we visited Dresden, and joined a guided tour of this opera house with our pre-purchased tour tickets. We went to the Theater Square about 15 minutes early to admire the panoramic views of the opera house, Konig Johann Denkmal (King Johann Monument), Zwinger and other beautiful buildings surrounding the square. Then, we went to the opera house entrance. At the tour time, a guide from the opera house came out, and called us in. Once inside, we were led to the coat check-in counter where we checked our bags. Then, we toured various halls and chambers. Near the end of the tour, we were seated at an upper level area of the opera house to enjoy the view of the stage and seating areas. The interior of the opera house reminded us of Vienna State Opera House, although the two opera houses had subtle diffences. Our visit to Semeroper at this time was especially memorable to us, because we had visited Poet Henrich Heine’s birth house in Dusseldorf and Wartburg Castle in Eisenach before arriving at Dresden. Why were these prior visits relevant? It’s because; (1) Richard Wagner staged his masterpieces “Der fliegende Holländer” and “Tannhäuser” in this opera house (Sempreoper’s predecessor:C ourt Theatre). (2) Wagner composed these operas inspired by Henrich Heine’s poems “Der fliegende Holländer” & “Tannhäuser”. (3) Wartburg Castle in Eisenach was the backdrop of Heine’s & Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”. Semperoper tour is highly recommended.
Written August 27, 2020
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PoruGM
Amsterdam, The Netherlands49 contributions
One of the TOP opera houses
Jan 2020
We have visited many opera houses in Europa and the Semperoper belongs to the TOP houses! The stairwell and corridors are beautifully decorated together with chandeliers.
The concert hall itself has a very good acoustic, both for opera's, concerts or ballet. One can also join a tour to admire this beautiful theater (which is always nice to do when visiting such an extaordinary theater, like the Operahouse in Vienna or Paris)
Written January 17, 2020
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pnhmrk
York, UK451 contributions
An enjoyable evening
Dec 2019
We attended a performance of Hansel and Gretel just before Christmas. The performance, music and singing were excellent.

The building is also very attractive. It’s hard to remember that it was only rebuilt in the last 99 years - it seems so much more stately and refined.

I think that it’s definitely worth attending a performance to experience the opera house.
Written January 4, 2020
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Fabio Diglio
Valencia, Spain1,310 contributions
Opera House
Dec 2019 • Couples
Dresden’s Semperoper, part of the Zwinger complex, is the most famous opera house in Germany and one of Europe’s most historic and renowned centres of music. 

It was closed during World War II, in August 1944, and six months later destroyed by the Allied air attacks. Its reconstruction took a long time, almost 40 years. 

Tip: Photos are stunning at night time

Written December 29, 2019
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Anita
Cardiff, UK4 contributions
Visit to the Opera and Opera House
Nov 2019 • Friends
Very lucky to get tickets to Nabucco at The Semperopre in November. Magnificent production and venue.
Written December 19, 2019
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Brian R
Vienna, VA377 contributions
Worth taking the tour
Dec 2019
Worth a visit if you have time after seeing the Royal Palace. The tour is interesting and relatively short.
Written December 14, 2019
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Nicole_711
Copenhagen, Denmark328 contributions
Saw the Magic Flute
Dec 2019 • Couples
Production was appealing to all age groups. Accompanying orchestra was even more enjoyable. For non-Germans story was a little difficult to follow as the surtitle was limited.
Beautiful interior and the famous red curtain was nice to see.
Written December 12, 2019
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Bart937
Brussels, Belgium159 contributions
Fantastic
Nov 2019
The building as well as the opera performed were fantastic. Have seen a modern stage of la traviatta. Fantasitc
Written December 4, 2019
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Barbara S
San Diego, CA139 contributions
A place full of history
Nov 2019
A guided tour is an absolut must to understand the history of Dresden. This is one of the citiy's most important buildings
Written November 8, 2019
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marksw3960
London, UK1,677 contributions
Great Experience
Jul 2019
What better way to experience such a wonderful building than through a live concert. If the opera in question was not quite what the original builders of this architechtural marvel had in mind it was nonetheless a very enjoyable experience for us.

We booked for canapes and champage at half time and got the chance to mull around the building. Having nd row seats gave us a wonderful view of West Side Story and also the building all around us.

The production (in English) was superb, capturing the essence of the 60s movie with elan and some evocative sets. For a child of the 60s the songs and score still resonate.

I'd put this on a 'must do' of things to do in Dresden - a truly unforgettable experience.
Written November 7, 2019
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Semper Opera House (Semperoper) is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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