WanderlustA guide to opera in Frankfurt

The city’s dazzling concert halls provide a suitably grand backdrop to a host of classical music and operatic performances that never cease to entertain and inspire

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For the classically minded

Located in the Westend district, Frankfurt’s original opera house Alte Oper looks as grand as the sounds emanating from within. And while much of the original structure was damaged in World War II, the grandiose building has been lovingly restored and today aims to preserve the cultural traditions of opera in Frankfurt. Behind its historical façade and tiered roof topped with a bronze sculpture of Pegasus, visitors can immerse themselves in the state-of-the-art surrounds of the large hall and more intimate Mozart-Saal.

The exterior of Alte Oper in Frankfurt

Since opening its doors on 20 October 1880 with a celebratory performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the space has vibrated to the sound of works by Richard Wagner, Giacomo Puccini and Richard Strauss. Recently, the venue collaborated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Mikhailovich Jurowski to showcase the musical talents of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. The annual concert programme features performances from world-class talent, so it’s no wonder more than 490,000 music lovers flock here each year for opera, classical and jazz recitals.

For the modern traveller

Just a short stroll from Jumeirah Frankfurt is Oper Frankfurt, where a stunning painting by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall greets guests as they enter the foyer. Don’t let the glass-fronted modern exterior fool you, the venue hosts a century-spanning array of performances that attract opera connoisseurs from all over the world.

A performance at Oper Frankfurt

Promoting the establishment’s artistic profile, director Bernd Loebe prides the house on offering extraordinarily emotive productions. Recent performances have included Frederick Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet and Georges Bizet’s Carmen. While the highly anticipated La Forza Del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi attracted a plethora of attention.

For the musically social

At Jumeirah Frankfurt, we make our own special kind of music – from the buzzing soundtrack of our rooftop apiary to warm chatter as people converse over authentic Lebanese cuisine and enjoy a feast of delicious mezze at our restaurant El Rayyan. Whether you are travelling for business of pleasure, savouring the local music scene is a must. Tap your toes at Jazzkeller, which is just a few footsteps away. Against a backdrop of exposed brick, this welcoming venue is home to live jazz performances. Sip on a martini and soak up the smooth sounds.

The interior of Jumeirah Frankfurt El Rayyan