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“Amazing performance”

Semper Opera House (Semperoper)
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Dresden Day Trip from Berlin
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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.
Richmond, Virginia
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“Amazing performance”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

My husband and I saw Mahler 2 on a Monday evening at Semper opera house. The performance was just fantastic! The building itself was also really beautiful, which only amplified our experience. Tickets come in a range of prices from 13,50 euro (standing room) to >100 euro. Don't be put off by the standing room tickets. There is still a place to sit, but you cannot see the stage while sitting. If you're not interested in music, you can only take a tour of the building for ~10 euro.

If you're a fan of classical music or you would like to experience music in an unforgettable venue, you cannot miss it.

Visited July 2014
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“Turandot in splendour!!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

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 the day or leave time before the performance so that you find the office (not obvious and signage also not obvious at the opera saying where to go). Took my elderly mother to the performance who finds stairs a problem and there were many to negotiate so please discuss access issues with them beforehand if you need help. Fantastic auditorium, beautiful painting on the ceiling etc and ornate balconies and quite intimate too. Great accoustics!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Visited July 2014
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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“Semper Opera”
Reviewed 1 July 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 Opera reopened in 1985 with the same piece that was performed last before the destruction.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Pride of place in the "old" town”
Reviewed 1 July 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 opera is state subsidized and can be value for money. The production I saw was Alcina an obscure opera by Handel with an even more obscure plot. So it was sung in Italian with German subtitles and the stage setting instead of being a Mediterranean island was a building with constantly sliding walls and floors (remember the stage builing extension). Still the music on period instruments and the singing were good.

So if you are planning an opera - check that you know the plot, see if the staging is ultra modernist and ask if it is a restricted view seat (they do not print that on the ticket)

Visited May 2014
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