Semperoper | Dresden, Germany

The Semperoper in Dresden, also known as the Semper Opera House, is not just any opera house. It’s the star of German beer advertisements! The Radeberger Group, Germany’s largest brewery group, has been using it as the backdrop of their ads for years. Talk about unconventional marketing!

But let’s not forget about the real beauty of the Semperoper in Dresden. The symmetrical building with its spacious forecourt is a photographer’s paradise. And the golden glow it emanates at dusk is absolutely captivating.

You might not know this, but the Semperoper in Germany has quite a tumultuous history. It was heavily damaged during World War II and it took 40 years to fully restore and reopen it on February 13, 1985. The reconstruction was based on the original plans by architect Gottfried Semper from 1838.

And did you know that the Semperoper has a special relationship with the famous composer Richard Wagner? It was in this very opera house that his last opera, “Parsifal,” was premiered in 1882. And to this day, the Semperoper continues to stage many of Wagner’s works.

But let’s get back to the Radeberger beer ads. It’s hard not to think of them when you see the Semperoper, but maybe that’s just the power of good advertising. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll find yourself sipping a cold Radeberger beer while admiring the golden glow of the Semperoper at dusk.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 12mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 9 in steps of 1 EV
Aperture: 11
Exposure time (middle): 2s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Date: Taken in February 2014
Location: In front of the Semperoper in Dresden
Software: Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, NIK Define 2, NIK Color Efex Pro 4, NIK Sharpener Pro 3

The Semperoper was part of the UNESCO World Heritage

The Semperoper and the whole Dresden Elbe Valley were part of the UNESCO World Heritage between 2004 and 2009. Unfortunately, the politicians from Dresden decided to build a new bridge that destroys the uniqueness and therefore Dresden was delisted from the World Heritage.

» UNESCO Description of the World Heritage: Dresden Elbe Valley
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Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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