Due to the worsening pandemic, the Managing Directors of Saxon State Theatres decided, in consultation with the Saxon Ministry of Science, Culture, and Tourism, to suspend performances in early November with immediate effect until Wednesday, November 24, 2021. However, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Germany, the two institutions decided to suspend their performances until Sunday, January 9, 2022. The measure will affect all venues of the Semperoper and the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
In a press release, Peter Theiler and Joachim Klement, the artistic directors of Saxon State Opera and the Staatsschauspiel, respectively, stated: "The high rates of infection which are currently threatening all sections of the population have forced us to temporarily suspend all performances.
"Under these circumstances, we can no longer offer our audiences and our staff any degree of certainty in planning upcoming events," they added. "In the current dangerous situation, our joint decision reflects the obligation that we as Saxon State Theatres have to the whole of society to help break the chain of infection in the current pandemic."
With their decision, those responsible for the two institutions as well as the relevant government departments are reacting to the still alarming pandemic in Saxony while also taking account of the complex planning processes required for stage productions.
Ticketholders will receive vouchers, which will be valid for three years and can be redeemed for almost all events of the Semperoper Dresden. There is also the option to get a refund or to donate the ticket.