From January to July 2014 the Semper Opera House in Dresden is staging a Strauss cycle to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. Among other works, it will include his famous operas Salome and Elektra, along with a number of symphony concerts. Richard Strauss is one of Germany's best-known composers and is said to have taken up composing at the age of six. In addition to the operas mentioned, the symphonic poems An Alpine Symphony and Also sprach Zarathustra are among his most acclaimed works. Richard Strauss was born in Munich, and after spending a long period of his life in Berlin he returned to live in Garmisch in Bavaria, where an annual Strauss Festival is held.