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Opera is a burning issue in Frankfurt in more ways than one. Outsiders tend to associate it with the Alte Oper or the Opernbühne, but both were completely destroyed in the World War II. A new building was opened in 1951 but burned to the ground in 1987, being reopened some four years later. The stucco sculpting on the ceiling of the foyer is of particular architectural interest. The works of the six operatic stalwarts are staged here more than anything else, though they also alternate with more recent composers. Instead of a permanent program, the Oper Frankfurt currently employs a staggione system, staging performances in groups. The reputation of the opera house used to be a cut above the rest, but is on the wane as a result of internal disputes, despite some spectacular productions.
The Alte Oper or the Old Opera House still looks as magnificent and imposing as it did when it was inaugurated by Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1880. The building was financed by affluent Frankfurt citizens and was designed in an Italian Renaissance style by Richard Lucae. Destroyed in a 1944 air raid, it was rebuilt later and renamed the 'Old Opera Concert and Conference Center'. The main auditorium, the Grosser Saal with seating for about 2500 people, is the central part of the building and is used for concerts and musical extravaganzas. Smaller rooms can be hired for functions, conferences, corporate events, receptions, product launches and so on. Visitors can obtain refreshments in the cafe, the restaurant or the bistro.
The variety show at the Tigerpalast Varieté Theater has gained international repute since its inception in 1988. Each show lasts about 2 hours and features around 5-7 artists. Performances by talented and world-famous artists such as Molly Saudek, George Schlick, Elena Larkina, Kris Kremo and Maxim Popazov have graced this stage. Sit back and relax as talented jugglers, magicians, ballet shows and acrobatic performers from all over the world take your breath away. The in-house restaurant takes care of your hunger pangs while in the middle of a performance.
This tall brick tower was once a part of a large factory which produced Mouson soap. In 1988, the buildings were transformed into a cultural centre consisting of a main stage and auditorium, as well as two smaller stages and a rehearsal room for musicians. Mousonturm also features four art studios, a fully equipped sound studio, a theatre workshop and a restaurant. The program is equally varied, featuring national and international dance acts, cabarets, theatre ensembles, literary fests, art shows and music fests. Künstlerhaus Mousonturm is one of the few successful examples of transforming an industrial plant into an entertainment complex, Mousonturm is definitely worth a visit. Great shows are organized throughout the week and it won't disappoint you.
Frankfurt LAB is a brilliant venue if you are into performing arts and need grand space to work out and experiment your talents. This luxurious lab will offer its place for dance, theater, and musical rehearsals, with the rooms well equipped with modern amenities. Contemporary productions are largely practised here, while incorporating both dance and music into the same.
The Jahrhunderthalle (Century Hall) in Höchst is one of the biggest venues in the Frankfurt area. The list of artists who have performed here reads like a 'who's who' of popular culture. The hall, which encompasses a variety of facilities including the Spiegelpalast (Mirror Palace) hosts a wide variety of events including ballet productions, rock and pop concerts and anything which requires a large arena. The large conference rooms here are frequently used for seminars, workshops, conferences or business meetings. Moreover, the restaurant and bar here are designed to accommodate a large crowd.
Klosterberg Halle is one of the most popular places for live music in Langenselbold. Klosterberg Halle is known to host everything from concerts and comedy performances to musicals, meetings and conferences. Bands such as the King's Singers, Silvestor im Weintor and the 12 Tenors have previously performed on stage.The modern acoustics and lighting systems add to the power-packed performances.