Frankfurt city center © Alte Oper Frankfurt, Susanne Wagner

Ideas marathon
Join us - the Xtopia research is waiting for you!
SUN 26 September 2021

For the "Ideas Marathon", which will take place on September 26, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, we are looking for your contributions to the research project "Urban Xtopias - Open Spaces of the Future" of the German Institute of Urban Affairs (difu) Berlin and the University of Kassel!
This research project deals with how people can learn to make up their own minds about what a desirable future might look like for them. How can people learn to question chosen paths and participate in the development and implementation of a major urban transformation?
Within the project "Xtopien" the scientists want to develop innovative tools to initiate the discourse about different possible futures. The main goal is to enable intellectual-emotional access: the ability to enter previously unimagined futures, to feel them, to analyze them, to formulate one's own visions, to talk about them with others, and to reflect critically on them.

Become a "Citizen Scientist" and submit your vision of an urban open space in Frankfurt - a picture, a text, your "dream space" in the Frankfurt of the future! Win a ticket for the entire "Ideas Marathon", join the discussion and help the research. Do you have any questions about the project? No problem, please write to us:

Iveta Apkalna © Aiga Redmane / Michael Sanderling © Marco Borggreve

The participatory project
SUN 27 February 2022

The whole is more than the sum of its parts - this also applies to making music in an orchestral association. With a new project, the Alte Oper is addressing all those who would like to bring their skills on their instrument into a music-making community and, together with others, put on an orchestra concert in the Great Hall of the Alte Oper. Whether junior or senior, whether from Kiel or Freiburg: become part of a colorful community that is united by a love of music. The conductor for the concert on February 27, 2022 will be Michael Sanderling, a well-known artist in the world of classical music, and the soloist will be Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna.

Knowledge of German is required for participation, as rehearsals will be held in German.

Further information will follow shortly. Do you have any questions about the project? No problem, please write to us:

Our Song © Hikaru Fujii

"Our Songs" by Akira Takayama
Songs, poems, stories
SAT 26 March 2022

People from 178 nationalities live together in Frankfurt. But the number of languages and dialects spoken, and above all sung, in the city is even higher. With "Our Songs," Japanese director Akira Takayama invites people from Frankfurt and the entire region to share songs, poems and stories from the past with the audience in their own languages. The performance of "Our Songs" will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2022 in the Great Hall of the Alte Oper. The project is produced by Alte Oper Frankfurt in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

Akira Takayama invites you to sing a song or recite a poem that was taught to you by your ancestors in places near and far and passed down through generations and regions. People without professional vocal training or performance experience are especially invited. Any language and all generations are welcome. All participants will be invited to a personal interview with the director and his team before the performance. There will be no further rehearsals.

In the performance of "Our Songs", which will last several hours, your contribution will be one of many songs and stories that the people of Frankfurt carry with them. All participants are invited to perform their chosen song or poem on the empty stage of the Alte Oper - as memories of previous ones and as a promise for future generations.

Anyone interested in the project, please send an e-mail in German or English to: Director Akira Takayama asks for a short curriculum vitae, the title of the song or poem to be performed (in the original language with German or English translation), and a brief personal explanation of the song or poem. We use your data exclusively in the context of the "Our Songs" project. You can find our privacy policy here.

Piano tower ©, mrorange002

Piano Panorama!
A day dedicated to piano music
Sat 09 April 2022

A new festival format is ignited by a solo evening: from now on, "Piano Panorama" will be held once a season, when the Alte Oper Frankfurt becomes a venue for piano music in all its facets for one day. It will not only be about listening: Amateur pianists* will also have the opportunity on this theme day to receive a free public lesson from Oliver Kern, professor of piano at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

More information on registration will follow shortly.