The exquisite Semper Opera will mount the four music dramas of Richard Wagner’s overwhelming Der Ring des Nibelungen during the winter of 2018. This will be a revival of the Willy Decker production last seen in 2010, with timelessly contemporary and simple sets designed by Wolfgang Gussman and Frauke Schernau. “The production places the battle for the power of the ring within a theatre, which becomes the backdrop for the demise of the gods and the rise of man. . . This is a powerful interpretation of Wagner’s music drama, featuring heartrending characters and fantastic images.” (Semper Opera). Tickets for the two Dresden Cycles are at a premium and are already completely sold out.

The Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra will be conducted by Dresden’s revered Music Director, Christian Thielemann.whose Wagner credentials have been proven at the MET, Bayreuth, Munich and Vienna. Maestro Thielemann has assembled a superlative international cast of experienced Wagnerian interpreters: Petra Lang (Bayreuth’s current Isolde) as Brünnhilde, Albert Dohmen as Wotan/The Wanderer (his signature role in Germany and Austria), Anja Harteros (reprising her Salzburg Easter portrayal) as Sieglinde, Andreas Schager as Siegfried, Georg Zeppenfeld as Fasolt/Hunding/Fafner, Christa Mayer as Fricka/Erda/Waltraute, Gerhard Siegel as Mime, and Kurt Streit as Loge. Remaining cast TBA. Supertitles will be in both English and German.

Prior to the devastating destruction near the end of World War II, the Baroque city of Dresden was one of Europe’s leading intellectual centers. Today it continues to reemerge at a rapid pace, most notably in the city center where the great art museums and the SemperOper have all been painstakingly restored. Dresden’s priceless Zwinger Palace is the home of three incomparable collections of European paintings, Meissen porcelain, and jeweled artifacts (the legendary Green Vault). Visits to all of these galleries will balance our traditional concentration on opera. Perhaps the most dramatic reconstruction culminated in 2005 with the emotional completion of the Frauenkirche (‘Church of Our Lady’), the masterpiece of German Baroque architecture which defined the city’s skyline from 1743 until the 1945 Allied bombing. This Protestant Cathedral has been rebuilt under the leadership of the NY-based Friends of Dresden and the British Dresden Trust and has literally “risen from Dresden’s ashes” (NY Times). Of similar importance, the fabled ‘Green Vault’ collection was also restored in 2005 to its original pre-War setting in the Dresden Castle adjacent to our hotel.

Accommodations for seven nights with an elaborate buffet breakfast included at the Kempinski Taschenberg Palace Hotel, ideally located directly across the street from the Semper Opera House and the Zwinger Palace. All of our events are within very short walking distance of the hotel. This deluxe property remains a handful of Europe’s most exquisite hotels, built above the ruins of the eponymous Baroque palace in the heart of the city, with large, elegant rooms.  The German menus are superb, and the expansive public rooms are fully serviced with charismatic Kempinski efficiency.  A health club and indoor swimming pool overlook the city from the top floor.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $5,880
Single Occupancy: $6,705