Semperoper Dresden Shuts Down Until End Of February 2021 & Cancels Ring Production

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: © Semperoper Dresden/Matthias Creutziger)

The Semperoper Dresden has announced that it will remain closed until at least Feb. 28, 2021.

Per a press release, the Saxon Minister of Culture Barbara Klepsch has decided to extend the closure of all Saxony’s cultural institutions until end of February.

In accordance with the decision, the Semperoper Dresden has cancelled all planned events until March 2021. The new productions of “Weisse Rose,” “Pinocchio,” and “Blues Brothers,” as well as premieres of “Guillaume Tell” and “Peer Gynt” will be rescheduled for future seasons. Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” has also been cancelled and will not be performed in 2021.

Germany is undergoing a fierce COVID-19 second wave, hitting a peak of new daily infections of 32,687 reached on Nov. 25, 2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel allegedly supports a new lockdown after Christmas.