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We have been to may concert / opera venues and this is one of the best. You enter at the level of... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
aberdeenjohn
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Aalto Theater was designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, He won the the design... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2017
beachstone2c
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Very cosy classic atmosphere. Only one disadvantage - long bathroom queues. Otherwise all great - stage is good to see from all locations, service in the breaks is fast .

Thank Irina S
Reviewed 13 February 2018

We have been to may concert / opera venues and this is one of the best. You enter at the level of the cloakrooms so you leave your coat immediately. Many attendants so no waits. Lots of space to walk about. The auditorium has comfortable...More

1  Thank aberdeenjohn
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Aalto Theater was designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, He won the the design competition but construction was delayed so much that Aalto never saw the completion of the building. Anyone interested in architecture will appreciate a visit to this building. It doesn't...More

Thank beachstone2c
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I've been to the Aalto a few times, on each occasion as part of an multi-night opera/train trip. i.e. Essen is roughly midway between Amsterdam and Berlin. The Aalto theatre is named after the architect, who sadly died before its completion. Whether it's a masterpiece...More

Thank alex1504
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Very well conducted and sung. Most important, the sound welled up and washed over the audience. Must return!

Thank 110margueritew
Reviewed 12 November 2015

I saw the opera "Carmen" in 2014 and the ballet "The Nutcracker" in 2015. This is a big theater hosting over 1,000 people. The architecture is sophisticated. It has been ranked as the best opera theater in Germany in some year recently. Indeed it was...More

Thank WaterlooKai
Reviewed 22 July 2015

This is one of the best opera houses in Germany. The architecture is very special, not only outside, but inside as well. The Finish architect Aalto died before his masterwok was opened. We had two very good opera performance and one ballett in the house...More

1  Thank 545medva
Reviewed 4 June 2015

We are lucky, live five minutes away. Great, always more options than we can do, first class all the way.

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 27 March 2015

We would have loved to be able to see an opera or event in this beautiful building but there was nothing on. However we did walk round the extensive and beautiful foyers and managed a peep in to the auditorium. A masterpiece.

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 30 October 2014

It's a really wonderful space! A building designed in the late 1950's by a Finnish architect, which was not actually built until the late 1980's and which now sits comfortably in Essen's Stadtgarten with its neighbour the celebrated Philharmonie. Internally, none of the stuffiness of...More

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