The woman without a shadow by Richard Strauss
From 23 March to 24 March 2024

From €670 per person

Dresde is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Rebuilt identically after World War II bombings, its historical centre is full of baroque treasures. Landmark monument of this city, the Frauenkirche shines thanks to its stone dome. Ancient summer palace of the kings of Saxe, Zwinger castle is an outstanding architectural ensemble from the 18th century. Along the Elbe on more than 500 meters, the Brühlsche Terrasse deserves its nickname of “balcony of Europe”. One can also admire the sparkling gems of the Grünes Gewolbe museum, one of the most important jewellery collection in the world.


But the “Florence on Elbe” owns another treasure : its opera. The Semperoper is not only one of the most wonderful theaters of Europe but also one of the most prestigious one. Under the direction of the great conductor Christian Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Orchestra of Dresde renews with the most glorious hours of its history. In a production from David Bösch, The Woman Without a Shadow from Richard Strauss reconnects with the theater which saw its birth. The equation is inexorable : sublime opera and sublime theater in a fantastic city !

Sublime opera and sublime theater in a fantastic city !
The program
March 23rd, 2024
Saturday 23rd March - Dresde

4pm at the Semperoper :





Opera in 3 acts.

National Opera of Saxe choir

Semperoper of Dresde children choir

Dresde Staatskapelle orchestra

Christian Thielemann : Conductor

David Bösch : Production

Patrick Bannwart : Decors

Falko Herold : Costumes

Fabio Antoci : Lights

Patrick Bannwart & Falko Herold : Video

André Kellinghauss : Choirmaster

Johann Casimir Eule : Dramaturgy

Eric Cutler : The Emperor

Camilla Nylund : The Empress

Evelyn Herlitzius : The Nanny

Nikola Hillebrand : The Guardian of the Threshold of the Temple

Lea-ann Dunbar : The Voice of the Falcon

Christa Mayer : A Voice from Above

Distribution à venir : Barak

Miina-Liisa Värelä : Barak’s wife

Rafael Fingerlos : The One-Eyed

Tilmann Rönnebeck : The One-Armed

Tansel Akzeybek : The Hunchback


Dresde owns a very ancient opera tradition. It is indeed in the Saxon city that Dafne by Heinrich Schütz was created, the first German lyrical work, in 1627. But it is of course with the music of Richard Strauss that Dresde remains tied to opera. The German composer had spend most of his carreer with the Semperoper and the Staatskapelle Orchestra since besides the Alpestre Symphony, Dresde has welcomed the premieres of Feuersnot, Salomé, Elektra, Der Risenkavalier, Intermezzo, Hélène from Egypt, Arabella, The Silent Woman and Dafne !


And if The Woman Without a Shadow was composed in Vienna, the Semperoper only waited twelve days after the 1919 premiere to present this major milestone of Strauss. On a libretto from gifted poet Hugo von Hofmannstham, The Woman Without a Shadow unfolds poetic wonders and unique orchestration. This masterpiece is here presented in a production from David Bösch, known for the very post-romantic Stigmatisés from Schrecker in Lyon, or Die Töte Stadt from Korngold in Anvers and Gand. Conducting the prestigious Staatskapelle Orchestra and Choir, the conductor Christian Thielemann chose a vocal distribution for which Strauss music holds no secret, Camilla Nylund in Empress and Evelyn Herlitzius (great Elektra) heading.

Your hotel

In the historical heart of Dresde and right next to the Zwinger, the Semperoper and the castle, this luxurious hotel reopens its doors this year after more than a year of renovation work. Its prestations are impeccable. Its spacious rooms offer a modern comfort and its service is outstanding.


Package in a double room “Palais”: 670 €
Package in a double room “Palais” for single use: 830 €

Package in a double room “Palace with a view”: 720 €
Package in a double room “Palace with a view” for individual use: 920 €


Individual stay.

Transport and airport transfers on request.

Extra night on request.


The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 1 night • tourist tax • first category show ticket • repatriation assistance.

The price of this trip does not include: extras • transportation • airport transfers.


Programme and prices are subject to change by the Semperoper,  or by government decision, due to possible health constraints.


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In charge of the destination
Pauline Heckly
+33 1 43 59 20 33
+33 7 49 77 39 65
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