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Semperoper, Dresden, Germany
Semperoper, built in 1841, is a famous opera house, home to the Saxon State Opera and venue for the Saxon State Orchestra and Semperoper ballet.
The original opera house was built by architect Gottfried Semper in an eclectic style, mixing early Renaissance and Baroque with Greek revival styles of architecture.
It hosted the major works of composers Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, along with many other famous conductors.
Unfortunately, a severe fire in 1869 destroyed the building but citizens immediately set forth plans to rebuild. In 1878, Gottfried's son, Manfred, completed the second opera house using his father's blueprints, in a Neo-Renaissance style.
The opera house operated successfully until the last months of World War II when Dresden was bombed by British and American troops. Only the exterior of the building was left standing.
Again, it was rebuilt and finished exactly 40 years later and appears identical to the pre war Semperoper. It still hosts orchestras and is available to the public for tours.