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Amateur of opera, I could not pass by Dresden without photographing Semperoper (in WS a day sight)
The Semperoper is the opera house of the Saxon State Opera Dresden (German: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden) and the concert hall of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in Dresden, Germany, and is one of the most famous in the world. It was first built in 1841, by architect Gottfried Semper.It had to be rebuilt after a fire destroyed it in 1869. This second one was constructed in Neo-Renaissance style in 1878. The building is considered to be a prime example of "Dresden-Baroque" architecture. It is situated on the Theater Square in central Dresden on the bank of the Elbe River. During the last weeks of World War II in 1945 the building was destroyed again - this time by Allied bombing and the subsequent fire storms. Exactly 40 years later, on February 13, 1985 the opera was rebuilt almost the same as it was before the war. It reopened with the same opera that was performed last before the destruction in 1945: Weber's Der Freischütz.During the flood of the Elbe in 2002 the building suffered heavy water damage. With substantial help from around the world, it reopened in December 2002.
The Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden: a house with an international reputation, with a distinguished orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and a worldranking roster of artists plus a vast array of guest stars, who are the talk of the town.
The opera chorus, founded by Carl Maria von Weber: well-known beyond the borders of Germany for concerts and CD productions with the Sächsische Staatskapelle.
This is where operatic history was made: world premières of Richard Wagner’s «Rienzi», «Der fliegende Holländer» and «Tannhäuser». And the inseparable link to Richard Strauss: nine of his operas made their first stage appearances here, among them «Salome», «Der Rosenkavalier» and «Elektra».

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