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Departure at the Opera: Nora Schmid travels from Graz to the Semperoper in Dresden

Departure at the Opera: Nora Schmid travels from Graz to the Semperoper in Dresden

Graz. Nora Schmid, artistic director of the Graz Opera, will take over the Semperoper in Dresden from 2024/2025.

In football, such a decision would be called “transfer of the king”. Nora Schmid, the successful artistic director of the Graz Opera, has achieved a very special reputation: the famous and famous Semperoper is set to take over in Dresden from 2024. It will be official this afternoon, Saxon Minister of Culture Barbara Klipsch Schmid will present alongside current artistic director Peter Teller. For Schmid, it is also a comeback: from 2010 to 2014 she worked as a theater theater in Dresden.

Semperoper: A House of World Reputation

About the house: One of the most beautiful theaters in the world, The Semperoper garners the most tourist interest not only for its cultural performance, but also as a spectacle. Technically, they have a worldwide reputation, among other things as being the home of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the world’s most traditional orchestras for over 470 years. The Saxon Opera Choir was founded by Carl Maria von Weber in 1817, and opera history has been written here with many premieres such as Richard Wagner’s “Renzi”, “The Flying Dutchman” and “Tannhauser”. The relationship with Richard Strauss is also inseparable, since nine of his fifteen operas were premiered in Dresden, including “Salome”, “Der Rosencavalier” and “Electra”.

For a person:
Nora Schmid was born in Bern in 1978 and studied Musicology and Business Administration in Rome. He started playing the violin at the age of four and is also training in classical singing.
Stations: 2005 to 2007 Bell Solothurn Theatre, 2007 to 2010 Theater an der Vienna, 2010 to 2014 Play in the Semperoper Dresden, since 2015 it has been in Graz.

Artistic Talent Factory Graz

They also emigrate to Germany: Iris Loeffenberg will head the German Theater in Berlin from 2023.

Even if this was again bloodshed, Graz has now developed an excellent reputation as a professional launching pad and factory for talent in the field of culture, and the list of notable departures is long: for example, Anna Badora recently moved to Volkstheater Wien, from Elisabeth Sobotka at the Bregenz Festival and was announced by Director Schauspielhaus Graz Iris Laufenberg at the German Theaters in Berlin. In addition, in the museum area, there is the imminent departure of the head of the Kunsthaus Barbara Steiner to the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Saxony-Anhalt.

To read: Opening Interview by Nora Schmid 2015

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