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Dallas beats the drum with opera company's new home

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Foster and Partners has ridden into downtown Dallas to give a modern spin to opera house design.

'Winspear Opera House is a distinctly 21st-century interpretation of the traditional typology of the horseshoe-configured opera house, 'a practice spokesman said. The new home for the Dallas Opera Company will be anchored around a red drum forming an auditorium for 2,000 people and surrounded by 18m-high curved glass. Visitors will enter a tree-dotted public concourse inside the glass walls and take in upper-level foyers, a grand staircase and a large overhanging roof that shades surrounding public spaces. The building, due to begin construction next year for completion in 2009, will also include a restaurant, cafe and bookshop.

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