"Home of the world's best opera company" Top 5 Page for this destination Frankfurt am Main by Nemorino
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No, I don't mean the old opera house.
I mean the new opera house on Willy-Brandt-Platz,
where they put on real operas several times a week.
The Frankfurt Opera has a brilliant international ensemble with fine singers like Jenny Carlstedt from Finland, Anna Ryberg from Sweden, Nina Tarandek from Croatia, Juanita Lascarro from Colombia, Magnus Baldvinsson from Iceland, Sofia Fomina and Iurii Samoilov from Russia, Paula Murrihy from Ireland, Judita Nagyová from Slovakia, Kihwan Sim from South Korea, Mario Chang from Guatamala, Simon Bailey from England, Martin Mitterrutzner and Daniel Schmutzhard from Austria, Vuyani Mlinde from South Africa and Brenda Rae, Peter Marsh, Michael McCown, Sara Jakubiak, Elizabeth Reiter, Karen Vuong and Beau Gibson from the United States.
One of the world's outstanding opera administrators, Bernd Loebe, has been General Director (Intendant) of the Frankfurt Opera since 2002. Before that he was Artistic Director of the opera house La Monnaie in Brussels throughout the 1990s.
Update: Now it’s official. The Frankfurt Opera was named the world’s best opera company at the first International Opera Awards ceremony in London in April 2013.
Another nice thing about the Frankfurt Opera is that there is no strict dress code. You CAN get dressed up if you feel like it, but you don't have to. If you are travelling and living out of a backpack you probably won't have any formal attire with you in any case, so just get out the smartest looking clothes you have with you, and try to borrow an iron before you come. Often there is a reasonably high percentage of young people in the audience, and they dress the way they always do when they are going out and want to look good.
I'm a trifle older so I put on a jacket and tie when I go to the opera, but not a suit because I always go there by bicycle.
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Since this Frankfurt am Main page was starting to get somewhat large and unwieldy, I have moved all the Local Customs tips (and a few others) over to my Germany page. These are tips that apply to the whole country of Germany, not only to the city of Frankfurt.
Also I have moved the Frankfurt Skyline Countdown over to my Land Hessen page.
Opera in the summer
If you come to Frankfurt in the summer you may find that the opera is closed for their summer vacation, but don't worry, there there are some alternatives.
For instance, you could take a 37-minute train ride down to Mannheim, since their opera season lasts two weeks longer than Frankfurt's. That's why Frankfurt opera goers tend to turn up in Mannheim during the second half of July, if they aren't off at some kind of festival or other.
You might also be able to see a performance at Carlos Krause's Opera Academy in Bad Orb or an open-air production by Jeunesses Musicales in Weikersheim.
Another good alternative is open-air opera in the beautiful setting of the Palmengarten put on by the Frankfurt Kammeroper or Chamber Opera.
As long as it doesn't rain too hard, that is.
But if someone tries to sell you a ticket to an opera at the Konstabler Wache, tell them you'd love to come but you have something really important to do that evening.
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