Listening as an art
Behind the restored façade of the former opera house are 2 concert halls, both internationally renowned for their acoustics. The large hall is one of Germany’s best concert halls for classical music, where top orchestras such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam and the British Academy of St Martin in the Fields perform. The more compact Mozart hall is frequently the stage for special jazz performances and modern music concerts. In summer and during the Christmas period you can also attend special music productions. Enjoy a dinner at the in-house restaurant Opéra before or after a performance.
A festival full of music
Although there are no opera performances in the Alte Oper, the opera ambiance can still be found here. Every year, during the second half of June, the square in front of the imposing building hosts the Opernplatzfest. For a week, the square is packed with dozens of food and drink stands, and various cultural performances and events associated with the rich music history of the building take place here. On sultry summer evenings, the Opernplatzfest draws thousands of spectators.
In winter the Alte Oper is beautifully illuminated
The bank and the opera
Today, the Alte Oper is closely associated with the European Central Bank. This European ‘mother bank’ was founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1998 and since then the bank regularly rents the elegant building for major official events ─ in 2008 to celebrate the bank’s 10th anniversary, for example. Occasionally the Alte Oper feels like a second head-office of the European Central Bank.
The second ‘living room’ of the European Central Bank