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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Dresden

Dashing Dresden: a great musical destination to explore in 2019

Semperoper Dresden © Frank Exß
Anyone considering a visit to Dresden, Germany, in 2019 will find an abundance of good music to savour: read to find out more.
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DresdenDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Moritz Gnann; Achim Freyer; Dresden State Opera; Felix Krieger; Christoph Gedschold

DresdenIl barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Alessandro De Marchi; Grischa Asagaroff; Dresden State Opera; Luigi Perego; Diana Haller; Anke Vondung

DresdenGiulio Cesare in Egitto

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Alessandro De Marchi; Jens-Daniel Herzog; Dresden State Opera; Mathis Neidhardt; Elena Gorshunova; Michal Doron

DresdenSymphonie Imaginaire

Rameau, Mendelssohn, Gluck
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble; Marc Minkowski

DresdenPlatéeNew production

Rameau: Platée
Paul Agnew; Rolando Villazón; Dresden State Opera; Harald Thor; Susanne Hubrich; Tania Lorenzo; TBC
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A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Christian Thielemann led a memorable performance of Strauss's chamber opera Ariadne auf Naxos with a strong cast in a new straightforward production by David Hermann.
*****
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
****1
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Wagner demands vocal resilience from the large cast of singers in Das Rheingold, but Willy Decker wants strong thigh muscles as well.
***11
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