A House Divided

BRYAN GILLIAM traces the tumultuous, often tragic history of Dresden’s Semper Opera, which once again seems ready to assert its international presence.  

Dresden Semper Oper
The Semper Opera, with the equestrian statue of Johann, King of Saxony (1801–73), in the center of Theater Square
© Z1006/_Matthias Hiekel/dpa/Corbis 2010
Before World War II, Dresden was one of the most beautiful cities in all of Germany. With its promenades within the old city and along the riverbanks, it was justly called the "Pearl on the Elbe." The...

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