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a life in architecture - andrew shore

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Olivier Award-winning baritone Andrew Shore is a freelance opera singer.His roles range from the comedy of Verdi's Falstaff to the drama of Tippett's King Priam and Berg's Wozzeck.He is also a railway enthusiast.

'I get very nostalgic about railways, 'he says.'I find it very exciting to trace the routes of old rail tracks and look for remains of old stations.'

So it is no surprise that, without hesitation, Shore names the Musée d'Orsay in Paris - the former railway station converted into a museum by Gae Aulenti - as his favourite building (pictured).'It is such a pleasing shape, 'he says.

'It is so light and airy - not at all oppressive - and the works of art are shown to their best advantage.

It is a wonderful example of finding a new use for a redundant building.'

Shore also admires Clare College, Cambridge.'It's perfect, compact, not too big.'

He adds: 'I love the new Glyndebourne. It uses natural materials - rough red brick and wood.And the Opera House has an excellent acoustic; it is ideal for seeing and listening. It was exciting watching it develop from just a hole in the ground to completion over a period of 18 months. It sits well in its rural context, and when it lights up at night, it is absolutely magical - it is its own little illuminated kingdom.'

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