July 1, 2004
The 2004 season at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (May 20 - August 29) marks the 70th anniversary of the unique opera festival in the East Sussex countryside and the 10th anniversary since Theatre Projects worked as theatre consultant for the new venue.
The new opera house opened in May 1994. The 1,200-seat auditorium shares an amazing intimacy with the stage. The dominant material in the auditorium is wood, which adds to the warmth and intimate atmosphere, in addition to helping create the outstanding acoustical properties of the room. Theatre Projects worked on the auditorium design concept, planning, performance equipment engineering and the light, sound and communication design and specification.
Also celebrating a landmark ten year anniversary is the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. The venue underwent a £20m refurbishment between 1992 and 1994 under the leadership of Law & Dunbar Nasmith Architects. This refurbishment saw the auditorium undergoing major change from a bingo hall into a theatre. Theatre Projects worked on the planning and concept design for the remodelling of stage and auditorium and the specification of all theatre equipment systems.
Another 10 year anniversary will take place when Kurt Masur and the Boston Symphony open the Tanglewood season on July 9th. This world famous music center, located in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, is the summer home for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a prestigious music school. Ozawa Hall opened Summer of 1994 and became the primary performance space for the music center students. The hall seats 1,200 and with the back wall open, an additional 2,000 on the lawn may enjoy the concerts. It was designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston. Theatre Projects advised on concert hall planning and design and the design of the lighting and communication systems.
To celebrate the anniversary there will be a special exhibit at the Tanglewood Visitor Center: "A Room for Music: Seiji Ozawa Turns Ten!" It will feature photographs, plans, and other memorabilia about the design and construction of the hall. http://www.bso.org