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.
Global stars of classical music – meaning the world's most prestigious conductors, soloists, ensembles and orchestras – have been and continue to be regular guests at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, providing hours of stellar musical enjoyment. In addition to this, the Alte Oper defines itself as a centre for programmatic work, and distinguishes itself with its own thematic focuses: every September, the season is launched with a major musical festival whose programmes are based around a single musical work. Here the focus is on musical programmes – yet art forms such as dance, performance, literature and acting are also represented in the festival, especially in the form of collaborations between the Alte Oper and other Frankfurt-based cultural institutions. The "Focus" festivals taking place throughout the season also testify to the Alte Oper's engagement with exceptional artists and the in-depth focus on individual musical themes. These short festivals across several days provide the space for examining individual epochs, musical phenomena and surprising interconnections. Here, the programmes not only reflect the engagement with content, but also with new possibilities to convey music in the concert hall. Formats such as the (night-time) after-concerts which accompany individual concerts, events spanning different genres and art forms, and introductory talks and discussions with artists represent an innovative approach to making music tangible in different ways in the concert hall. Moreover, the Alte Oper seeks dialogue with other institutions focusing on research, teaching and practice, in order to collaborate on the future of the concert. "The Concert Laboratory" is the maxim of this platform, in which the mechanisms of concert business are analysed and broken down.
The Alte Oper also sees it as its natural remit to take the young and youngest concert-goers seriously and offers specially tailored programmes to provide them with intense concert experiences. Under the banner "PEGASUS – experiencing music!", the Alte Oper offers a comprehensive range of events which encompass specific concerts and workshops for all age groups from 0 to 21, and which is aimed at families, daycare centres, nurseries and schools. This offering is highly popular, in particular the numerous concerts in the two concert series for children from age zero to three, and from three to six – these are invariably sold out as soon as advance ticket sales begin.
Yet the Alte Oper also caters to fans of entertainment with an attractive range of events. Alongside performances by famous artists from the spheres of pop, jazz, chanson and world music, the programme also includes fixed series such as the long-established JAZZnights, which have seen jazz legends such as Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Chick Corea thrill Frankfurt audiences. During the holiday seasons in spring, summer and at Christmas, the podium of the Great Hall is regularly transformed into a stage for globally successful musicals and show productions, whose guest performances across several days draw in large audiences.
Last but not least, in its capacity as a conference centre the Alte Oper Frankfurt and its approximately 50 events a year enjoy an outstanding reputation far beyond the Rhine-Main region. Major corporations and events agencies appreciate the venue's prestigious halls and salons, and organise international conferences and meetings, press conferences, exhilarating balls, gala evenings, company anniversaries and receptions here.
And catering also has a permanent home at this venue: since 1998, catering at the Alte Oper (this encompasses the catering service and the interval catering, as well as the Café Rosso and the Restaurant Opéra) has been provided by the company Gerd Käfer & Roland Kuffler GmbH & Co.