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No one likes Opera ...But you will be blown away when you visit Semperoper opera house in Germany

Updated: Jul 28


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The opera house opened on 13 April 1841 with an opera by Carl Maria von Weber.


The building is considered to be a prime example of "Dresden Baroque" architecture. It is situated on the Theatre Square in central Dresden on the bank of the Elbe River. On top of the portal, there is a Panther quadriga with a statue of Dionysos.


The interior was created by architects of the time, such as Johannes Schilling. Monuments on the portal depict artists, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Molière and Euripides.




In 1945, during the last months of World War II, the building was largely destroyed again, this time by the bombing of Dresden and subsequent firestorm, leaving only the exterior shell standing. Exactly 40 years later, on 13 February 1985, the opera's reconstruction was completed. It was rebuilt to be almost identical to its appearance before the war, but with the benefit of new stage machinery and an accompanying modern rear service building.

Source: Wikipedia

Some of the Artists associated with the Opera House


A page from Reißiger's piano trio no. 11 in A minor, opus 125, published in 1838, bars 21-32 from finale



Conductors

  1. Carl Gottlieb Reißiger

  2. Richard Wagner

  3. Ernst von Schuch (1889–1914)



Singers

  1. Bernd Aldenhoff

  2. Elisabeth Höngen

  3. Friedrich Plaschke








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