Two operas. One city. And an interesting history. The justified and unmistakable pride of Frankfurt.
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Are you wondering why there are two operas in Frankfurt? We'll tell you the story. The famous 'Alte Oper' inaugurated in 1880. This was a project by the architect Richard Lucae, which didn't only become the headquarters for Opera in Frankfurt, it also turned into one of the most popular buildings among the locals. Even Kaiser Wilhelm I showed his pride to have this opera in its city during its inauguration. Unfortunately, the building was practically reduced to a pile of ruins due to the bombings of the Second World War. That's why the new opera house was built between 1959 and 1963. The new building is located in the square named 'Willy Brandt'. As this new construction was, and continues to be a wonderful setting that was very popular with the public, it was a public outcry that prevented the 'Alte Oper' to be demolished. In fact, some refurbishing has begun and although this will be expensive, it will allow the old building to open its doors. The city of Frankfurt can now show its two operas with pride.