The Old Opera is a highlight of any trip to Frankfurt, even if it is just to admire the refined, majestic building from the outside.
‘Alte Oper’, meaning The Old Opera, was built in the style of the Italian Renaissance and opened in 1880.
Though it survived the First World War, misfortune came in the Second World War: Destroyed, but not forgotten, the people of Frankfurt rallied to rebuild their Opera house, yet it wasn’t until 1981 that it re-opened.
You can see music performances, symphonies, chamber concerts, and even cabaret. From the Venice Baroque Orchestra, to the Tokyo String Quartet, Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Zappa, the Old Opera continues to show a range of quality and diverse performances.
Visit the website for program information.
On top of the roof is a statue of Pegasus.
Opernplatz is the square next Alte Opera, and there tourists and Frankfurtians alike can be found relaxing by fountain, much loved by locals and visitors as a place to relax. Around Opernplatz are cafes and restaurants, catering to much the same crowd as found on Fresse Gasse.
In winter an ice-ring is built and is popular with children.
There are festivals held in front of the Old Opera, so on your visit to Frankfurt, you may be surprised at what you find at Opernplatz.