Opera in the Rhein Main Region
If you're an opera fan, then you are in the right place. The Frankfurt Rhein Main region is home to four different opera companies which offer a wide range of performances, premiers, revivals and recitals. The Frankfurt Opera company has the most extensive schedule, with performances held in the purpose built opera house on the Untermainanlage 11. The Wiesbaden's State Theater, which is housed in an ornate theatre in the Kurpark, has several departments that include classic opera, modern music and dance, and contemporary plays. Each season offers a host to a wide-ranging program that includes more than 20 new operas, plays, ballets and youth concerts. To the south, the State Theater of Darmstadt puts on more than 40 productions annually. Thanks to a massive renovation, the main hall seats more than 1,000, with three other halls serving small performances. And finally, the State Theater of Mainz is also home to numerous operas, but also classical concerts throughout the year at both the Großes Haus at Gutenbergplatz 7 as well as at the Kleines Haus on Tritonplatz. More information can be found here:
Tel: 069-212 49 49 4
State Theater Wiesbaden
Tel: 0611-132 325
State Theater Darmstadt
Tel: 06151-281 16 00
State Theater Mainz
Tel: 6131-285 10
Built in 1880 and financed by the citizens of Frankfurt, the Alte Oper was a meeting point for Frankfurt's cultural elite and hosted many important operatic works. Like much of Frankfurt's inner city, however, the Alte Oper was heavily damaged in World War II. For more than 30 years after the war, all that remained of the grand building was a scarred facade and a pile of rubble. The city fathers initially wanted to replace it with a modern office building, but thankfully, a citizen's initiative helped raise the funds to rebuild, and in 1981 the Alte Oper was reopened. The landmark facade was faithfully restored, but the interior was rebuilt into a modern concert hall and multi-purpose complex. Because the new Frankfurt Opera House had already been opened in 1951, the rebuilt Alte Oper is confusingly not where Frankfurt's opera company performs. Today, the Alte Oper hosts top-tier classic concerts, musicals and theater, as well as gala balls and conferences.
The English Theatre is one of Frankfurt's oldest and most important international cultural institution. Located in the Commerzbank building "Gallileo" at Gallusanlage 7 (corner of Kaiserstraße), the 300-seat theater imports shows, actors and directors from London and other English-speaking countries. It usually presents six top-rated theatrical productions annually, ranging from contemporary plays, comedies, thrillers and musicals, plus other shorter engagements. The theater also hosts a Young Drama Club, which gives students a chance to perform and stage plays under the guidance of professional directors.
Tel: 069-242 316 20
Johnny Klinke, a one-time '68 revolutionary turned impresario, has revived the German tradition of Variété and cabaret since he opened his Tigerpalast in 1988. Jugglers, trapeze artists, acrobats, magicians and musicians from around the world grace his stage. The audience, clustered at small bistro tables, often finds itself in the midst of one of the performances – but that is all part of the charm of the Tigerpalast. Indeed, Klinke has transformed the former Salvation Army church into an elegantly-appointed and yet very intimate theater. Downstairs, you will find a classic bar with live music, as well as one of Frankfurt's finest restaurants. Tigerpalast is often sold out weeks in advance, so book your tickets early.
Tel: 069-920 02 20
Internationales Theater Frankfurt
The 160-seat theater in Frankfurt's Zoo Passage offers a wide array of foreign language performances throughout the year. The theater is home to regular productions in German, English, French, as well as other languages, such as Spanish, Italian and Russian on a sporadic basis. The selection ranges from drama, music and dance theater, to concerts, readings and even art exhibitions.
Hanauer Landstr. 5 - 7, 60314 Frankfurt
Tel: 069-499 09 80
The Jazzkeller is a vital component to Frankfurt's live music scene and one of the most historical sites for jazz in Germany. Located in a basement grotto on Kleine Bockenheimer Straße 18a, this haven for jazz lovers has played host to a string of famous musicians since 1952. Johnny Hodges, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Dean Martin, Lionel Hampton and even Frank Sinatra have all contributed to the musical vivacity of the Jazzkeller. Despite its small size, the Jazzkeller produces a lot of sound and entices a rather large and international clientele. The Jazzkeller is open five nights a week. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (unless there is a special concert).