Die Semperoper in Dresden, Sachsen, Eastern Germany is the opera house of the Sächsische Staatsoper (Saxon State Opera), the concert hall of the Staatskapelle (Saxon State Orchestra), and it’s home to the Semperoper ballet. The building is located near the Elbe River in Dresden’s historic center. It was built in 1841 and rebuilt after a fire in 1869. It has a long history of premieres, including major works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. Read more.
Richard Strauss reading. He read “his Goethe” and reread it again when living in Garmisch. He read all of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s works, with the exception of the “theory of colours”, which did not appeal to him.
Spanish full-lyric Soprano Victoria de los Angeles singing a beautiful rendition of Strauss’s lied ‘Standchen Op. 17 No.2’.
I always rave about de los Angeles’s middle voice. So romantic in colour, with gorgeously melting tones and a timbre that reminds me of sweet honey, soft and rich. Although she doesn’t have the high notes (everything above the High B was a struggle) hear the upper register is placed perfectly with brightness and a real sense of passion in the voice.
It’s a shame she never sang Strauss more. The lieder repertoire was absolutely ideal for her voice.