Semper Opera tickets

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Semper Opera tickets history

Tickets are sold for specific performances. Sometimes you might buy one only for yourself, or you may want to go out as a group, or maybe you need a great present for a special occasion? Then you select a date that is convenient for everyone and buy the tickets online or in advance at one of the booking offices or at the box office on the day of the performance

A ticket is a so-called bearer security, which enables you to make use of a certain service or participate in an event. A ticket is considered a notarized document concerning the contract concluded between a service provider and the owner of a ticket. But when exactly was the ticket used for the first time? Historically no exact date was passed down. The first known printing press dating from 1442 goes back to Johannes Gutenberg. However, at first it only served for printing books. The first mechanic printing press was put into operation by Friedrich König in 1810 and in 1845 considerably improved by Richard March Hoe. Therefore we believe that between 1845 and 1900 the first tickets used in the sameway as we know them today were printed.


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The first still preserved Semper Opera ticket that we know of originates from the assets of Gottfried Schneider and dates back to 1906. At that time the Semper Opera was still called Royal Opera House and the individual performances including the cast were published as small newspaper articled. Semper Opera tickets are mainly distinguished through different shades of colour. Their design wasn’t changed from the early 20th century until 1945.

Slightly larger Semper Opera tickets in a similar style were introduced in 1985. At that time work new design features started to be used. 

In the past before every performance tickets were marked with the name of the purchaser and sorted by hand. Until the first computer program was developed that was also used when selling tickets some time passed. And even then the software was designed in such a way that the ticket system could only be accessed from one computer. This resulted in long queues at the ticket office. Attempts to improve the situation by introducing work-sharing – one person printed the ticket and another dealt with the money – did not bring the expected results. Finally, in 1985 the central box office in the Altstädtischen Hauptwache, also called Schinkelwache, next to the Semper Opera was opened.

Since the 1990s a creative concept can be discerned. All the tickets display the company‘s regular corporate design, the colours and shapes of which are adapted when the director or creative influence change.


Here you can see the chronological development of Semper Opera tickets since 2009...


If you bought a Semper opera ticket in 2009, it looked liked this:

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After October 2010, Semper Opera tickets had this appearance:

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Since October 2011 Semper Opera tickets have had the following design:

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