Dresden: Hoftheater (1841-1869)

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
State: Sachsen
City: Dresden
Location: Altstadt, Theaterplatz

[First theatre on another site at the Theaterplatz square: "Kleines Hoftheater" (built 1755 by Moretti, demolished 1841).]

Built 1838-1841 by Gottfried Semper. Opened 12 Apr 1841 with Weber's "Jubel-Ouverture" and Goethe's "Torquato Tasso". Destroyed by a fire on 21 Sep 1869.

[Six weeks after the destruction of the theatre, performances were resumed at a provisory "Interimstheater" located just behind the Hoftheater which was used until the opening of Semper's second Hoftheater (Semperoper) at the site of the 1841 building.]

Notable world premieres:

  • Richard Wagner: Rienzi, der letzte der Tribunen (20 Oct 1842)
  • Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer (2 Jan 1843)
  • Heinrich Marschner: Kaiser Adolph von Nassau (5 Jan 1845)
  • Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser (19 Oct 1845)
  • Anton Rubinstein: Feramors (24 Feb 1863)

Link: Wikipedia

[Dresden: Hoftheater (1841-1869)] Reverse Text: "Das Hoftheater, Dresden. Built by Gottfried Semper. The first stone was laid in 1838 and the theatre was opened 12 April 1841. F E Schmidt. Engraving coloured by hand. 21.3 cm x 26.5 cm. H R Beard Collection SQ. 9. TM 163"
Publisher: Victoria and Albert Museum - Theatre Museum, London
Type: modern reproduction of an old engraving
Size: Modern
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[Dresden: Hoftheater (1841-1869)] Reverse Text: "J. C. A. Richter, Innere Ansicht des Hoftheaters zu Dresden, Kolorierter Kupferstich" [coloured copper engraving]
Publisher: Stadtarchiv Dresden
Type: modern reproduction of an old engraving
Size: Modern
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[Dresden: Hoftheater (1841-1869)] Picture: after the 1869 fire
Reverse Text: "Hermann Krone. Dresden, Oper nach dem Brand 1869. Glasnegativ 20 x 27 cm. Reproduktion: Werner Lieberknecht. TU Dresden, Krone-Sammlung"
Publisher: art-form, Dresden; AFPK 6
Type: modern reproduction (ca. 2004) of an early photograph (1869)
Size: Modern
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