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16.04.2013 The Staatskapelle Dresden mourns the death of its Conductor Laureate, Sir Colin Davis

The musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden and Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann mourn the passing of Sir Colin Davis. The orchestra received news of the death of its Conductor Laureate directly after performing a concert in the Chicago Symphony Centre, the first of four concerts making up...

08.03.2013 More Verdi!

The programme of Concert for Salzburg has been expanded: Myung-Whun Chung will conduct additional excerpts from Verdi operas. At Myung-Whun Chung’s personal wish the Verdi programme of the Concert for Salzburg has been expanded.

14.11.2012 »Mein Leben mit Wagner«

On November 16th, Christian Thielemann will present his Wagner book in Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory.

30.10.2012 The Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann mourn the death of Hans Werner Henze

The musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden mourn the death of Hans Werner Henze. The orchestra and its principal conductor received the news of their Composer-in-Residence’s death after arriving in Taipeh during their tour of Asia.

12.10.2012 Live on air

Our media partner MDR Figaro will broadcast the Staatskapelle Dresden’s 3rd symphony concert, under the direction of Christian Thielemann, live on Tuesday, October 16th 2012 at 8:05 PM. The program will consist of the first and third symphonies by Johannes Brahms as well as »Sebastian im Traum« by...



Season Program 2014|2015

The new season calendar is here. Download the Season Program 2014/2015 as a PDF-File.


New release: the DVDs with the complete Brahms symphonies under the direction of Christian Thielemann. Recordings from the Semperoper Dresden and the NHK Hall Tokio. 

Sound & Splendor

The new edition from Sound & Splendor is now available online.

Saison 2013 // 2014


to the new season, in which the spotlight falls on a composer celebrating his 150th birthday in 2014: Richard Strauss. The Staatskapelle will pay its respects at numerous concerts, including a non-subscription concert at which Christian Thielemann will conduct excerpts from all nine of Strauss’s operas originally premiered in Dresden. The orchestra also welcomes guest conductors Herbert Blomstedt, Franz Welser-Möst, Georges Prêtre, Christoph Eschenbach, Reinhard Goebel and Paavo Järvi, who together will ensure an exciting and diverse season with works ranging from Telemann to Rihm. And, last but not least, we look forward to the appearances of Myung-Whun Chung, Principal Guest Conductor to the Staatskapelle since last season, who will continue his Mahler cycle with Symphonies Nos. 2 and 9. Details on all concerts can be found in the annual programme. 


The Capell-Compositeur for the 2013/2014 season is none other than Wolfgang Rihm. Like his predecessors in this position, Rihm’s work will explore all of the Staatskapelle’s concert forms, ranging from large symphonic works to the smallest chamber groups. And with his new orchestral arrangement of Richard Strauss’s song »Malven«, Rihm is honouring the older composer on his 150th birthday in a very personal fashion. This work can be heard in the Semperoper only a few weeks after its premiere at the Salzburg Easter Festival, both concerts being conducted by Christian Thielemann.


The Staatskapelle welcomes the extraordinary pianist Radu Lupu as the new Capell-Virtuos. A student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus in Moscow, he won first prizes in three of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions: the Van Cliburn, the George Enescu and the Leeds competitions. As the 2013/2014 Capell-Virtuos he will perform the fourth piano concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven in Dresden and on tour, a piano recital in the Semperoper and two of Mozart’s concertos at a non-subscription concert in Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory. In so doing, Radu Lupu will lend his own unique artistic flair to the new Kapelle season.