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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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DresdenFestliches Weihnachtskonzert: Jan Vogler & Dresdner Festspielorchester

© Nikolaj Lund
Hasse, Porpora, Vivaldi
Dresden Festival Orchestra; Jan Vogler; Chouchane Siranossian

DresdenSemper Essenz: Madama ButterflyConcert performance

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Giampaolo Bisanti; Dresden State Opera; Hrachuhí Bassénz; Jonathan Tetelman; Christoph Pohl; Christa Mayer

DresdenIl barbiere di Siviglia / The Barber of Seville

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Alessandro De Marchi; Grischa Asagaroff; Dresden State Opera; Luigi Perego; Štěpánka Pučálková; Daniel Umbelino

DresdenSemper Essenz: Don GiovanniSemi-staged Opera

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Omer Meir Wellber; Alexander Brendel; Dresden State Opera; Heike Maria Jenor; Andrzej Filończyk; Lawson Anderson; Elena Gorshunova

DresdenSpecial Concert Staatskapelle & Thielemann I

Strauss R., Beethoven, Schoenberg
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann; Rudolf Buchbinder
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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.

***11
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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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