Alte Oper Frankfurt 14 April 2024 - Wiener Symphoniker, Petr Popelka and Gautier Capuçon |

Wiener Symphoniker, Petr Popelka and Gautier Capuçon

Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Starts at: 20:00
Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op.20
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), Op.28

Gautier Capuçon was asked in a talk at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg whether he could be woken up in the night and then spontaneously play Dvorák's Cello Concerto. He could do that, replied the Frenchman. But it's not something you just downplay. The concert always requires a new approach, a new search, a new finding, and an understanding. You have to embark on a journey together with the concert. As often as Capuçon has been a guest at the Alte Oper, he only played Dvorák here once – more than a decade and a half ago. Now, in Frankfurt, he is embarking on the turbulent Dvorák journey again. At Capuçon's side are the Wiener Symphoniker, who are very familiar with emotional sound baths - just like Richard Strauss, who has composed the entire spectrum of life into his tone poems, from comedy to high spirits, from drama to practical jokes.

Venue Info

Alte Oper Frankfurt - Frankfurt am Main
Location   Opernplatz 1

The original opera house in Frankfurt is now the Alte Oper (Old Opera), a concert hall and former opera house in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It was inaugurated in 1880 but destroyed by bombs in 1944. It was rebuilt, slowly, in the 1970s, opening again in 1981. Many important operas were performed for the first time in Frankfurt, including Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in 1937.

The square in front of the building is known as Opernplatz (Opera Square). The Alte Oper is located in the inner city district, Innenstadt, within the banking district Bankenviertel.

The Oper Frankfurt now plays in the Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, completed in 1951, which it shares with the Schauspiel Frankfurt theatre company.

The building was designed by the Berlin architect Richard Lucae, financed by the citizens of Frankfurt and built by Philipp Holzmann. Construction began in 1873. It opened on October 20, 1880. 

The Alte Oper was almost completely destroyed by bombs during World War II in 1944 (only some of the outside walls and façades survived). In the 1960s the city magistrate planned to build a modern office building on the site. The then Minister of Economy in Hessen Rudi Arndt, earned the nickname "Dynamit-Rudi" (Dynamite Rudi) when he proposed to blow up "Germany's most beautiful ruin" with "a little dynamite". Arndt later said that this was not meant seriously.

A citizen's initiative campaigned for reconstruction funds after 1953 and collected 15 million DM. It ended costing c. DM160, and the building was reopened on August 28, 1981, to the sounds of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, the "Symphony of a Thousand". A live recording of that concert conducted by Michael Gielen is available on CD.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Starts at: 20:00
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