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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Turn Back Time in Dresden


4. Insider’s Tip

The iconic Semper Opera building.  

Dresden’s premier musical venue is the historic Semper Opera, which is featuring Wagner throughout 2013 to celebrate the composer’s 200th birthday. But these concerts can be pricey and difficult to reserve at the last minute; for a cheaper alternative, check out the opera’s “soirees,” which are more casual choral concerts (from $15). Semper Opera is also home to the Saxon State Orchestra, which offers regular, inexpensive chamber-music nights (from $14), and the Semperoper Ballett, where you can attend open ballet rehearsals (from $6).

Published on Oct 11, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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