Next-Generation Opera Houses and Concert Halls

Victoria Newhouse's Site and Sound takes us through a historical tour of performing-arts spaces, and then assesses today's versions. The interiors are frozen in time, she says, due to acoustical needs, while the exteriors have responded to architectural trends.

Residenztheater by Francois de Cuvillies, Munich, 1753

Sydney Opera House, 1973

Xinghai Concert Hall by Architects/Teachers at South China University of Technology, Architectural Design Institute, Guangzhou, China, 1998

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College by Gehry Partners, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2003

Walt Disney Concert Hall by Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, 2003

Hangzhou Grand Theater by Carlos Ott and Petroff Partnership Architects, Hanzhou, China, 2004

Hangzhou Grand Theater Opera House by Carloss Ott and Petroff Partnership Architects, China, 2004

MuziekGebouw aan't IJ-Bimhius auditorium by 3XN, Amsterdam, 2004

Casa da Música by OMA, Portugal, 2005

National Center for the Performing Arts' Concert Hall by Paul Andreu, Beijing, 2007

National Center for the Performing Arts' Opera House by Paul Andreu, Beijing, 2007

Danish Radio Concert Hall by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Cophenhagen, 2009

Danish Radio Concert Hall by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Cophenhagen, 2009

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre by REX/OMA, Dallas, 2009

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre interior by REX/OMA, Dallas, 2009

Shenzhen Concert Hall by Arata Isozaki & Associates, China, 2008

Shenzhen Concert Hall lobby by Arata Isozaki & Associates, China, 2008

JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid Architects, installation in Amsterdam, 2009

Alice Tully Hall of Lincon Center by Diller Scofidio Renfro with FXFowle, 2010, with Juilliard School by Pietro Belluschi to the right, New York City, 1969

Grand Canal Theatre by Studio Daniel Libeskind, Dublin, 2010

Grand Canal Theatre interior by Studio Daniel Libeskind, Dublin, 2010

Guangzhou Opera House Grand Theater by Zaha Hadid Architects, China, 2010

Guangzhou Opera House in city skyline by Zaha Hadid Architects, China, 2010

Guangzhou Opera House stage by Zaha Hadid Architects, China, 2010

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center by Henning Larsen Architects, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011

New World Center atrium by Gehry Partners, Miami, 2011

New World Center auditorium by Gehry Partners, Miami, 2011

Royal Opera House Muscat by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Oman, 2011

Dalian International Conference Center, Grand Theater, and Opera House by Coop Himmelb(l)au, 2012

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, Baku, Azerbaijian, 2012

Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects, Baku, Azerbaijian, 2012

Paris Philharmonie by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, 2014

Taipei Performing Arts Center by OMA and AMO with Artech Architects, Taiwan, 2015

Taipei Performing Arts Center Multiform Theater by OMA and AMO with Artech Architects, Taiwan, 2015

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