Anja Harteros, Kristine Opolais, Jonathan Tetelman Headline Revised Semperoper Dresden 2020-21 Season

By David Salazar

The Semperoper Dresden has announced a revised schedule for its 2020-21 season.

The German company announced that all productions between August through October 2020 will be replaced by small-format events under the title of “Semper Essenz.” The series will feature musical highlights from previously-scheduled operas with a reduced orchestra and cast of singers.

Among the operas featured in this series are “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” “Don Giovanni,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Tosca,” and “Madama Butterfly.” Artists scheduled to perform in these showcases include Hrachuhí Bassenz, Nikola Hillebrand, Christa Mayer, Ekaterina Morozova, Kristine Opolais, Stepanka Pucalkova to Alexey Markov, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Jonathan Tetelman, and Georg Zeppenfeld. The Staatskapelle Dresden will be conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, Jonathan Darlington, Alessandro De Marchi, or Omer Meir Wellber on any given night.

There will also be two song recitals added to the program as well as gala evenings featuring the Semperoper Ballet.

The first vocal recital will feature music by Rossini and will be performed by the Junges Ensemble. This performance is scheduled for Sept. 6, 2020

In the later recital, “famed soprano Anja Harteros will join forces with pianist Wolfram Rieger for a program of songs. It will take place on Oct. 28, 2020.

The company also noted that if productions are able to move forward in November, canceled productions of “Don Carlo” and “Wie werde ich reich und glücklich” from the 2019-29 season will be rescheduled during 2020-21. The company has also moved the premiere of “Weiße Rose” from October to Nov. 9; if the production is unable to take place, the company will present it as part of its “Semper Essenz” series.

Moreover, new productions of “Die andere Frau,” “Guillaume Tell,” and “Madama Butterfly” have been postponed until 2021-22.

Check out the full slate of replacement performances here.