If the legendary ancient Greek singer Orpheus were alive today he would be an opera singer, right?
Well, not exactly. He would sing like an opera singer, but he would look, dress and act like a rock star, and his beautiful bride Eurydice would be a spaced-out groupie.
At least that's how they were presented recently by the Frankfurt Opera at their alternative venue Bockenheimer Depot, in a new production of what was probably the world's first full-scale opera, L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643).
When Orpheus had sung his way into the underworld to rescue the dead Eurydice (actually he gained entrance by hitting Caronte on the head with his electric guitar, but never mind), he was greeted with grins and hand-slapping by the ghosts of several of his dead rock-star colleagues, or rather by evil sprits holding masks in front of their faces to make them easily recognizable as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, John Lennon and Elvis Presley, among others.
This was inevitably a somewhat controversial interpretation of a lovely baroque opera that dates from the year 1607, but I thought it worked really well, and in the two performances I attended the audience was highly enthusiastic.
Town Square, the buildings...
Town Square, the buildings around this part of town were some of my favourite in germany..So full of life, so many people around!
A Great place indeed..FRankfurt will be missed, but ill be back there next year (2002)
Xmas market, blond german...
Xmas market, blond german grandma, cold wind blowing, delightful bratwurst scent all around ... what's missed ? Aba Naturlich !!!!! A hot cup of gluwein !!!
Gluwein is the winter reply to cold hefe weizen beer for the summer joining bratwurst inside of everyone's stomach during Xmas time; it's made by wine, cynnamon and something else BUT the most important thing is that it is HOT and therefore it's quite useful to warm u a little bit up while visiting Xmas markets.
Gluwein ... and u know what u r drinking !!!
You must visit Lorely, which...
You must visit Lorely, which is about a 45 minute train-ride outside of Frankfurt. The train stop is called St. Goarshausen and the ride follows the Rhine River almost the entire way--ancient castles can be seen higher up in the hills and mountains. If you visit during the summer months, look into concerts or other events that will be happening in or around town (we found out about this at an Internet cafe in Frankfurt). The town is small (there is only one or two taxis), and English is spoken at a minimum--be sure to have that translation book handy. The below photo was taken in Lorely at the RockPalace Concert, which was a two-day open air festival: bands included Beastie Boys, Dave Mattews Band, Widespread Panic, Blink 182, Pulp, Rancid, Garbage, Santana AND MORE!
The castle "Ronneburg" is roughly 1 hour east of Frankfurt, direction Langenselbold. Apart from the possibility to make a guided tour through the castle, there is a daily "bird of prey" - flight show with raptors, falcons, owls and eagles, and they have spectacular Halloween Parties on the castle grounds in October. The castle also offers courses with medieval or "reenacting" themes, like medieval swordfighting, bowmaking, etc.