Okay, so I’m a little slow to get excited by the latest architectural masterpiece to be erected in Dallas. Fact is, I have never understood opera as an art form or why it has such a tremendous following. So when the buzz surrounding the new Winspear Opera House began to sound, I placed all the hype on ignore. Wow, did I ever miss something great!
My wife is an enormous fan of the theater, so we celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary by attending South Pacific at the Winspear Opera House. The play was fabulous, the cast stellar, and the physical surroundings were absolutely extraordinary!! The exterior it is an impressive contemporary structure, but for my taste, it was the interior that took my breath away. The stacked vertical balconies are impressive and functional – there is no bad seat in this house. And the retractable chandelier is absolutely beautiful.
Arch Daily states “The new Winspear Opera House in Dallas redefines the essence of an opera house for the twenty first century, breaking down barriers to make opera more accessible for a wider audience. Responding to the Dallas climate, a generous solar canopy extends from the building, revealing below a fully glazed sixty foot high lobby. This establishes a direct relationship between inside and outside, enhancing transparency. Beneath the canopy, which forms an integral part of the environmental strategy – a shaded pedestrian plaza creates a major new public space for Dallas, defined by the masterplan for the Performing Arts District.”
If you have the opportunity to attend any performance at the Winspear Opera House, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity.