The magnificent Semperoper dominates the Theaterplatz on the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building opened its doors in 1841, constructed to a design by Gottfried Semper which combined a late Classical style with Renaissance elements. Following a devastating fire in 1869, the citizens of Dresden immediately set about rebuilding their beloved opera house. This was completed in 1878, also to a design by Semper. In 1945, during the final months of World War II, the Semperoper was once again razed to the ground. After a second reconstruction was successfully completed in 1985, the reopening of one of Europe’s most beautiful opera houses was celebrated with a performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s »Freischütz«.
The dazzling interiors were painstakingly reconstructed by local craftsmen and artists according to original plans, whilst the stage machinery and technical fittings in the auditorium are state-of-the-art. A modern annex was added to house the administrative offices and rehearsal rooms. Internationally renowned for its brilliant acoustics and incomparable performances, audiences from around the world continue to flock here to enjoy a unique evening in the Semperoper Dresden.
Additional access information for wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility:
Dresden Semper Opera
- Access via ramp (7 % slope, 5 m length)
- Toilet for wheelchair users: Door 84 cm, 129x120 cm in front of and 98 cm beside toilet
- 11 wheelchair spaces in the opera (door 80 cm)
- The box office is accessible for wheelchairs
- Only limited access with steps to pre-sale ticket office, foyer and vestibules
- Wireless stereo for the hard of hearing (frequency-based) to be coupled with hearing aids
Venue “Semper Zwei”:
- Access without steps through doors of 114-120 cm
- Lift: door 110 cm, space of 145x175 cm for turning a wheelchair
- Toilet for wheelchair users: door 90 cm, 167x152 cm in front, 83 cm right of toilet, 49 cm toilet height
- Variable number of wheelchair spaces