About the Alte Oper Frankfurt
More than 490,000 visitors to approximately 460 events a year, comprising classical music and entertainment, programmes for children, young people and families, conferences and one-off events: behind the historic façade of the former Frankfurt Opera House lies a vibrant concert and conference venue which, despite all its adaptability, features a clear artistic profile.
World stars of classical music, i.e. the most important international conductors, soloists, ensembles and orchestras, have been and continue to be regular guests at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and provide for musical magic moments. Beyond this, however, the Alte Oper sees itself as a center of programmatic work and distinguishes itself with its own thematic focuses: Every year, the season opens in September with a large-scale festival. Starting with the 2021/22 season, the motto will be "Fratopia" - a homage to the city and at the same time a preoccupation with ideas for the future that affect society as well as the concert business. Newly conceived concerts bring audiences and performers closer together and provide immediate musical experiences. Other formats, such as the "Salon Frankfurt" series and the "Auswärtsspiele," also reflect the close relationship to the city of Frankfurt. With short festivals lasting one or several days, the Alte Oper also draws attention to individual genres or themes and sees itself as a place of lively discourse.
The Alte Oper also sees itself as a place where young people are taken seriously as concert guests, and offers them an intensive concert experience with a tailor-made program. Under the motto "PEGASUS", the Alte Oper offers a wide range of events, including specific concerts and workshops for all ages from 0 to 21 years, aimed at families as well as crèches, kindergartens and schools. This offer enjoys a lively demand, especially the numerous concerts of the two concert series for children from zero to three and from three to six years are sold out within a very short time after the start of advance sales.
Following on from the successful children's and young people's program, the Alte Oper has expanded its music education program with the 2021/22 season and also offers adults opportunities to learn more about music. "Alte Oper Campus" is the title of this program, which includes backstage insights, workshops and seminars.
In addition, the Alte Oper aims to appeal to those interested in classical music and those new to it with formats such as the lunchtime concerts, the "2 x Hören" series, and the "Hereinspaziert" series, which includes introductions and discussions. And active musicians can come together in the "Enthusiast Orchestra" and perform once on the stage of the Great Hall.
But fans of entertainment will also find an attractive range of events at the Alte Oper. In addition to performances by renowned artists from the worlds of pop, jazz, chanson and world music, the program also includes fixed series such as the long-established JAZZnights, in which jazz legends such as Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Chick Corea have thrilled Frankfurt audiences. Since the 2021/22 season, the Alte Oper has been presenting an exceptional artist from the international jazz scene in residence, who will provide insights into his or her artistic work on several dates.
During the vacation seasons in spring, summer and at Christmas time, the podium of the Great Hall is regularly transformed into a stage for musicals and show productions that are successful worldwide and attract large audiences with their guest performances lasting several days.
Last but not least, the Alte Oper Frankfurt enjoys an excellent reputation far beyond the Rhine-Main region as a congress center with around 50 events a year. Large companies and event agencies appreciate the prestigious halls and salons of the house and organize international congresses and conferences, press conferences, glittering balls, gala evenings, company anniversaries or receptions here.