The Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester (Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra) is one of Germany's leading orchestras. The orchestra’s “Museum concerts” at the Alte Oper Frankfurt have as lasting an impact on the city's musical life as the spectacular performances at the Frankfurt Opera House. Creativity, spontaneous joy in making music and high technical ability: these are the ingredients that provide the orchestra’s audiences with unique musical experiences time and again. Three years in a row - 2009, 2010 and 2011 - the magazine Opernwelt awarded it the title of "Orchestra of the Year" on the basis of critics' polls.
The two birth years: 1792 and 1808
Like most of Frankfurt's cultural institutions, the Opera and Museum Orchestra owes its birth to the commitment of Frankfurt's citizens. It began with the opening of the Frankfurt National Theater in 1792, a private joint-stock company, which was shortly thereafter financially supported by the city and can be considered the predecessor of today's opera. In order to perform the contemporary operas of Mozart, Dittersdorf and Salieri, an orchestra was also needed. Thus, the theater management assembled a permanent chapel for the theater's operation, gathering musicians from the city and the region, especially from Mainz and Offenbach.
The second birth of the orchestra occurred in 1808, the year of the founding of the "Museum" and thus of the municipal symphony concerts, again on the initiative of Frankfurt citizens. In order to familiarize the members of the "Museum" with the latest symphonic music, a large orchestra was needed, and so the musicians of the theater orchestra were contracted for the "Great Museums", the concerts with orchestra, thus giving birth to the "Museum Orchestra".