The Alte Oper is a major concert hall and former opera house in Frankfurt am Main. The building was inaugurated in 1880. Many important works have been premiered at the Alte Oper, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in 1937.
The building was inaugurated on October 20, 1880. It was designed by the Berlin architect Richard Lucae and financed by the citizens of Frankfurt. Among the invited guests was Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany, who was impressed and stated, Das könnte ich mir in Berlin nicht erlauben. (I couldn’t permit myself this sort of thing in Berlin.)
The Alte Oper was almost completely destroyed by World War II bombing in 1944 (except parts of the façades), and in the 1960s the city magistrate planned to build a modern office building in place of the ruin. The Hessian minister of economy at the time, Rudi Arndt, earned his nickname “Dynamit-Rudi” (Dynamite Rudi) when he proposed to simply blow up “Germany’s most beautiful ruin” by using “a little dynamite”. Later, Arndt denied having meant this seriously.
Official Website: alteoper.de
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