Records in the MDR and Theaterplatz
More people than ever before were watching this year's SemperOpernball. With a record 21.6 percent, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk achieved the strongest market share in the history of ball broadcasts with live broadcasts. Together with the replay of the television broadcast on Saturday night in 3sat, the Dresdner Opernball reached around three million viewers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In addition to the 2,500 guests in the Semper Opera House, up to 15,000 guests of the Semperopenairballs watched the events in fine weather in January on the densely packed Theaterplatz. According to the organizers, it should have been on the Theater Square a record attendance. In addition, the Internet offerings of the MDR, MDR Jump and the SemperOperball itself increased the popularity of social media. Through a cooperation with the largest Russian film production company Lenfilm from St. Petersburg, the SemperOpernball was shown for the first time in the largest cinema in the twin city of Dresden. Ball boss Hans-Joachim Frey spoke of "dream values" and was very satisfied with the 13th SemperOperball: "The ball was a great success. The SemperOpernball reaches the people in Dresden, Saxony and far beyond and that is the most important thing. He is now a permanent institution in the European ball landscape and sets himself standards as the largest classical music entertainment event in the German-speaking countries. The pictures and reports from the SemperOpernball were the very best advertisement for the city and showed Dresden what it really is: cheerful, open, interested in culture and enthusiastic. "
The creative sweepings provided speed, suspense and surprising twists and turns in the show from the spectacular opening with Tom Roeder's light performance and fireworks, and the oversized "13" as a lucky number over the opera, to the popular open-air performances with red boxwood balloons and 3000 shining magic wands, which let the theater square shine with the common singing and dancing of the "Dresden-waltz". The highlight of the gala was the debutante waltz choreographed by Sabine and Tassilo Lax for the music of Anton Lubchenko's "Mephisto-Walzers" specially composed for the SemperOpernball. The demanding work challenged the choreographer and the 200 debutants. It became an all-round magical production and the world's longest debutant waltz with almost 11 minutes.
For the opening of the ball danced the new Saxon Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer with his partner Annett Hofmann. With the acclaimed midnight concert by André Rieu, the SemperOpernball gave visitors plenty of room to dance again. Until 5 o'clock the party lasted in all halls of the Semperoper.
From Diana Damrau and Denis Matsuev, the world stars of the classical world, to Dmitri Jurowski and the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden, the gorgeous ballet choreographies of the Semperoper Ballett, the Staatsopernchor, the Dresdner Kreuzchor, the dance ensemble Son Amar from Spain, the market band Niederwaldkirchen from Upper Austria, the Controversial artist Lili Paul from the Circus Roncalli and Max Giesinger in front of the Semperoper, it was an entertaining show in a class of its own, presented charmingly by moderator duo Guido Maria Kretschmer and Sylvie at the Semperoper, by René Kindermann and Sarah von Neuburg at the Theaterplatzbühne and Anja Koebel , Kim Fisher and Bibiana Barth were supported at the VIP reception on the red carpet and on the blue wall. Many stars and starlets made Dresden their wait.
"The 13th SemperOperball has shown that the ball is alive and moving with the times. Every year we compose a ball experience that is unique in the cultural landscape, mix classic high culture with popular entertainment and also trust us to combine things that do not seem to fit together at first glance. The rapid change of genres is a hallmark of our ball and hits the nerve of the audience, "said the first chairman of the Semperoper ball e.V. and artistic director Hans-Joachim Frey.
The winners of the 13th SemperOperaballs were the legendary actor Jürgen Prochnow (award ceremony by Marianne Sägebrecht), the footballer Miroslav Klose (award by Arthur Abraham), actress Veronica Ferres (award by Franziska van Almsick), Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr (award ceremony by Christoph Leitl ), the President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (award ceremony at the VIP reception in the Hotel Kempinski Taschenbergpalais by the President of the Saxon Landtag Matthias Rößler) and Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (award ceremony by Johannes B. Kerner).
Emotional highlight was the honoring of the Paralympics-Siegere Christiane Reppe, who received the Order deeply moved from the hands of Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert outside on the Theater Square and dedicated it to all athletes and dedicated volunteers in the city. The eulogy for Christiane Reppe was held by Johannes Vetter, javelin world champion and also Dresdner.
Participants of the raffles in favor of the UNICEF aid project "Schools for Africa" organized by UNICEF Ambassador Hardy Krüger jr. Personally presented at the ball, on the website www.semperopernball.de in the category Charity the lot numbers that have won.
The 14th SemperOpernball will take place on 1 February 2019.