The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is an opera house part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. The Winspear was designed to be a 21st-century reinterpretation of the traditional opera house. The theater seats 2,200 people in a classic horseshoe configuration.
The theater is the primary performance venue of The Dallas Opera and the Texas Ballet Theater. Local and national organizations also produce cultural performances at this venue, such as music shows, dance shows, Broadway shows, concerts, and lectures.
The Nancy Hamon Education and Recital Hall is located inside the Winspear Opera House. This space is utilized for classes, rehearsals, meetings, events, and smaller performances that seat audiences up to 200.
The Winspear Opera House was designed by Foster and Partners, with Spencer de Grey as the principal architect. The acoustical design og the opera house was developed by the London firm Sound Space Design, with Robert Essert as the principal acoustician. The theater was engineered for opera and musical theater performances and the stages were also built with proper flooring for ballet and various dance performances.
The Moody Foundation Chandelier is the primary design feature of the Winspear Opera House. Hanging 50 feet below the ceiling of the main performance hall, the chandelier leaves the impression of a starlit sky as "each rod as the ability to twinkle."
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