Old Opera House

The Old Opera or the Alte Oper is a former opera house and major concert hall in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Old Opera House was inaugurated in the year 1880. Old Opera House has witnessed the premiering of many important works that include the Camina Burana by Carl Orff in 1937. The building of Alte Oper had been designed by Richard Lucae, the Berlin architect, and the citizens of Frankfurt had provided finance for the construction.

Frankfurt Old Opera House

Frankfurt Old Opera House

Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany had also attended the inauguration, as he was impressed by the building. The bombing of the city in 1944, during the Second World War, took its toll on the Old Opera House, and the City Magistrate came out with plans of erecting a modern office building at the place of the ruins in the 1960s. The initiative sparked by citizens in the year 1953 for the collection of funds for reconstructing the Old Opera House yielded fruitful results only during the year 1981, when the Alte Oper was reopened.

As of today, the Old Opera House encompasses the Großer Saal or the Large Hall that has a seating capacity to hold 2500 members and the Mozart-Saal that possesses 700 seats. There are smaller halls at the Alte Oper that get used for conventions. Today, the Old Opera House hosts many plays and concerts.

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