The orchestra


Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester

Since Sebastian Weigle became General Music Director of the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester they were voted tops three years running by critics from "Opernwelt" magazine: 2008/09, 2009/10 and - when they were named "Orchestra of the Year" - 2010/11.



Oper Frankfurt's orchestra came into being towards the end of the 18th century. It received its unusual name because it was also the orchestra that gave concerts for the "Frankfurter Museum", an institution founded by culturally minded people in Frankfurt in 1808, when Louis Spohr was chief conductor of the, still young, orchestra.

Many famous conductors have been linked to the orchestra during the more than two hundred years of its existence. Music Directors included Willem Mengelberg, Hermann Scherchen, Clemens Krauss and, later on, Hans Rosbaud and Franz Konwitschny. In the late 19th Century guest conductors included Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Arthur Nikisch and Hans Pfitzner. Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann performed as soloists with the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchesters.

The Frankfurter Museumsgesellschaft still organises the renowned series of Museum Concerts. During the first half of the 20th Century Wilhelm Furtwängler, Hans Knappertsbusch, Hermann Abendroth, Erich Kleiber, Bruno Walter, Georges Szell and many other big names conducted here. Many new works, operatic and orchestral, including "Ein Heldenleben" and "Also sprach Zarathustra", received their world premieres in Frankfurt, played by the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester. Paul Hindemith was leader of the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester for a few years.

Since the second world war Oper Frankfurt's General Music Directors have included Georg Solti, Christoph von Dohnányi, Michael Gielen and Sylvain Cambreling, all nurturing and making their own mark on musical life in Frankfurt and the Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester. Paolo Carignani was General Music Director from 1999-2007. Sebastian Weigle is now General Music Director.

The Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester's huge repertoire encompasses almost all important operatic and symphonic works from the baroque to experimental contemporary music. Musicians from the orchestra also perform their own series of chamber music concerts, which take place in the opera house's Holz Foyer.


Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester

General Music Director Sebastian Weigle
Assistant to the General Music Director Thomas Stollberger
Orchestra Director Andreas Finke
Orchestra Office and Music Library Kerstin Janitzek | Cornelia Grüneisen | Christian Münch-Cordellier

1st Violin Ingo de Haas | Dimiter Ivanov | Gesine Kalbhenn-Rzepka | Andreas Martin | Vladislav Brunner | Susanne Callenberg-Bissinger | Arvi Rebassoo | Sergio Katz | Hartmut Krause | Basma Abdel-Rahim | Kristin Reisbach | Karen von Trotha | Dorothee Plum | Christine Schwarzmayr | Freya Ritts-Kirby | Juliane Strienz | Almut Frenzel-Riehl | Jefimija Brajovic | Gisela Müller | Beatrice Kohllöffel | Stephanie Breidenbach| Tamara Okolowska | Johanna Buckard | Emilia Burlingham

2nd Violin Guntrun Hausmann | Matjaz Bogataj | Sebastian Deutscher | Sabine Scheffel | Matjaž Bogotaj | Olga Yuchanan | Kyong Sil Kim | Wolfgang Schmidt | Doris Drehwald | Lin Ye | Susanna Laubstein | Donata Wilken | Frank Plieninger | Nobuko Yamaguchi | Regine Schmitt | Lutz ter Voert | Sara Schulz | Guillaume Faraut| Sachiko Doi | Miloš Stanojevic

Viola Thomas Rössel | Philipp Nickel | Federico Bresciani| Ludwig Hampe | Martin Lauer | Robert Majoros | Miyuki Saito | Jean-Marc Vogt | Mathias Bild | Fred Günther | Ulla Hirsch | Susanna Hefele | Ariane Voigt | Elisabeth Schwalke | Aglaya González | Stefan Balaszovics

Cello Rüdiger Clauß | Sabine Krams | Kaamel Salah-Eldin | Johannes Oesterlee | Philipp Bosbach | Corinna Schmitz | Florian Fischer | Roland Horn | Nika Brnič | Mario Riemer

Double bass Ichiro Noda | Bruno Suys | Hedwig Matros-Büsing | Akihiro Adachi | Peter Josiger | Ulrich Goltz | Matthias Kuckuk | Philipp Enger

Flute Paul Dahme | Sarah Louvion | Anne-Cathérine Heinzmann | Carla Velasco Morales |Almuth Turré | Rüdiger Jacobsen

Oboe Nanako Kondo| Márta Berger | Jérémy Sassano | Oliver Gutsch

Clarinet Jens Bischof | Diemut Schneider| Stephan Oberle | Matthias Höfer

Bassoon Karl Ventulett | Heiko Dechert | Richard Morschel | Eberhard Beer | Stephan Köhr

Horn Sibylle Mahni-Haas | Mahir Kalmik | Stef van Herten | Thomas Bernstein | Silke Schurack | Dirk Delorette | Tuna Erten

Trumpet Matthias Kowalczyk | Markus Bebek | Wolfgang Guggenberger | Dominik Ring

Trombone Reinhard Nietert | Jeroen Mentens | Hartmut Friedrich | Manfred Keller | Rainer Hoffmann

Tuba József Juhász-Aba

Timpani Tobias Kästle | Ulrich Weber

Percussion Jürgen Friedel | Nicole Hartig | Steffen Uhrhan | Severin Stitzenberger

Harp Françoise Friedrich | Barbara Mayr

Assistant Orchestra Managers Gerhard Häusler | Roman Kitlowski | Günther Schnasse | Michael Schuckert
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OEDIPE
George Enescu
Wednesday 18.12.2013 19:30 h
Opera House

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