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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Dresden

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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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DresdenDresdner Festspielorchester & Ivor Bolton

Beethoven
Dresden Festival Orchestra; Ivor Bolton

DresdenFrang, Dresdner Philharmonie, Zinman

Elgar, Sibelius
Dresden Philharmonic; David Zinman; Vilde Frang

DresdenLiederabend Camilla Nylund

Brahms, Dvořák, Sibelius, Strauss R.
Camilla Nylund; Helmut Deutsch

DresdenPatricia Kopatchinskaja & Orchester des Wandels »Dies irae«

Orchester des Wandels; Günther Albers; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Christoph Grund; Dresden Chamber Choir

DresdenPatricia Kopatchinskaja & Reto Bieri

Dick, Milhaud, Schwitters, Vivier, Zykan
Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Reto Bieri; Max Rademann
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Peter Konwitschny returns to the Semperoper with Les Huguenots

Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite de Valois) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
John Osborn leads a very successful premiere of Peter Konwitschny's new production of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots in Dresden
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Nabucco marks a successful debut of Saioa Hernández as Abigaille

Saioa Hernández (Abigaille) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Saioa Hernández leads a solid cast in Dresden in a somewhat disappointing new production by David Bösch.

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Folk rhythms and changing times in Dresden's Bartered Bride

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Marie) and Pavol Breslik (Hans) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
What brought real distinction and authenticity to the evening, as so often in this house, was the outstanding playing of the Staatskapelle conducted by Tomaš Netopil. From the start of the overture with its rapidly scurrying fugato for strings and pointed phrasing from the woodwind one felt the true sense of Smetana’s Czech inflected rhythms and harmonies
***11
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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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