Frankfurt Opera renews boss for 8 more years

Frankfurt Opera renews boss for 8 more years


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2020

Bernd Loebe, who has been in charge at Frankfurt Opera September 2002, has received a new contract taking him up to 2028.

Loebe is presently 68.

Frankfurt does not practise age discrimination.

From his CV: In November 1990 he took up the post of Artistic Director at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He worked with Keith Warner and Antonio Pappano on a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the 1999 Bayreuth Festival. He receives many invitations to sit in the jury of leading singing competitions. He worked as an advisor to General Music Director Paulo Carignani at Oper Frankfurt from September 2000 and became Intendant in Frankfurt in September 2002.


  • henry williams says:

    what about a younger person getting this position.
    most employment people leave at 65.

    • Rachelle Goldberg says:

      Not in the U.S.A. About twenty years ago I attended a rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic and was informed that the Orchestral pianist was 83. More recently there have been posts on this website to indicate that some members of the Orchestra retiring were 85. All organisations, not only in music benefit from the experience of older colleagues and in turn this is highly beneficial to older people. Keep working and enjoy what you are doing. it is a great pity that other countries do not have the same view point.

      • John says:

        The incredible Harriet Wingreen. She was hired into the Philharmonic by Bernstein in 1965 and played for many of the greats. I remember her playing the orchestra part for John Adams’ Violin Concerto from the full score at a conductor/soloist rehearsal when she was well into her 80s. No one like her.

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      He’s very good, apparently, so why not let him continue?

  • fred says:

    one of the few who actually knows something about opera and voices in particular, they’re lucky in Frankfurt