A Year Filled With Beautiful Music
In 2013, the anniversary year of Richard Wagner, Dresden will be celebrating one of the greatest opera composers of the 19th century / Highlights of events to celebrate the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner / The opening of the ‘Riesensaal’ (Monumental Great Hall) in the Royal Palace and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments
Dresden is a city that is always on the move. Few can resist the enchantment of this Baroque metropolis of art and culture. Its architecture, world-famous art treasures and charming riverside location, combined with exciting events make up the fascination of the city, which is constantly reinventing itself. What is more, Dresden is one of the most important cities in Germany for music. It also has Richard Wagner to thank for this reputation. The composer lived in Dresden at an important period of his life, and the city shaped his musical work and gave Wagner the inspiration he needed to become one of the pioneers of the modern musical theatre. In honour of his 200th birthday in 2013, the city on the Elbe will be celebrating the life and work of this musical genius: www.dresden.de/wagner
In the footsteps of Wagner
On 21st May 2013, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, under the direction of celebrity conductor Chris-tian Thielemann, and in cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival will be presenting a special concert to mark Wagner’s 200th birthday. On 18th May in the Frauenkirche, Thielemann will direct Wagner’s oratorio ‘The Feast of Pentecost’ – 170 years after its premiere at the same venue. These concerts are just a few of many musical highlights throughout the year. The Semperoper will honour the composer on 13th January, with a performance of the opera ‘Lohengrin’, which was composed in Dresden, and again in November, with a per-performance of ‘Tristan and Isolde’, one of the most important love stories in the history of the theatre. www.staatskapelle-dresden.de / www.semperoper.de.
The Dresden City Museum will offer a comprehensive insight into Wagner’s time in the capital of Saxony with a special exhibition ‘Richard Wagner in Dresden. Myth and History’, which will run from 27th April to 25th August. Anyone who wishes to follow directly in the footsteps of Wagner can do so at the Richard Wagner sites in Graupa. In addition to the permanent exhibition ‘Wagner and Dresden’ in the Lohengrinhaus, from January 2013 visitors will also be able to visit the newly opened Wag-Wagner Museum.
Look and marvel
It is not only musical masterpieces that can be experienced in Dresden. The city is also an important art centre; the museums of the Dresden State Art Collections are among the most famous in the world. From 16th March to 14th July, the Albertinum will be showing ‘Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya. A Shock to the Senses’. Focusing on core works, the exhibition presents through them the importance of these four painters for later generations of artists, right up to the present day. One of the world’s finest collections of historic globes will be on display in the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, which will reopen to the public in April 2013, following extensive restoration. In the Royal Palace, yet another opening of international importance will take place in February 2013. With the completion of work on the Riesensaal which has always been the centerpiece of the Dresden Palace, the armory and also a large number of art treasures will return to their original location. Link: www.skd.museum
In 2013, Dresden will be hosting a range of attractive festivals and celebrations. The Semper Opera Ball on 1st February is just one of many exciting events. During the summer, the whole city will become a festival venue, for example for the Dresden City Festival (16th to 18th August). Highlights for the summer include the Film Nights on the banks of the Elbe, the International Dixieland Festival (12th to 19th May) and the Elbhang-fest. Anyone who is already looking forward to Christmas should note the dates of the oldest Christmas market in Germany, the 579th Dresden Striezelmarkt, which will run from 28th November to 24th December 2013.
We are grateful to Dresden Tourism for providing us with this update.