The original Opera House building was finished in 1880, but the grand structure you see today was reconstructed and inaugurated in 1981, after the old building was destroyed in the war. The new structure boasts a modern music hall known for its mahogany paneling, where you can catch one of the 300 concerts performed in a year. The space no longer stages entire operas, but operatic arias and duets are performed regularly, and other concerts include performances by jazz musicians, symphony orchestras, chamber philharmonics, pianists and cellists, to name a few. The Alte Oper, as it’s called in German, is part of a plaza with a large fountain and ornate lamp posts, nearby to the Rothschild Park. This plaza makes for a perfect spot for a break or a meeting point; from here, walk down the Große Bockenheimer Straße, a pedestrian shopping street with a number of high-end shops and cafés.
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The Alte Oper is not a reconstruction because it was NOT destroyed in the bombing. It lost its' roof and was gutted inside. The building itself is about 90-95% original. They put on a new roof and re-did the inner spaces and concert halls. Step into the foyer to see the beautiful, original mosaic floors.
Use Google to look at photos to see what it looked like after it was bombed.