AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

Dallas, Texas, USA

When planning the Winspear Opera House, we imagined an American opera house designed for the needs of 21st century modern performance, but inspired by the traditional European horseshoe form. Since it opened its doors, the iconic venue has become the focal point of the Dallas Arts District. The 200,000 square foot facility features both an intimate, 2,200-seat performance space as well as stunning, transparent public areas. The venue was programmed and equipped with robust customized performance equipment in order to host a diverse assortment of community arts and touring groups, in addition to opera. Our careful planning and technical design allowed the building’s users to easily accommodate these additional events—making Dallas a premier destination for the performing arts and the people who enjoy them.

ATT Performing Arts Center, Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
Credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners
Credit: Iwan Baan
Credit: Iwan Baan

Dallas Center for the Performing Arts


Foster and Partners | Kendall/Heaton Associates


Sound Space Design


The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, touring broadway productions, and local and regional arts organizations

Seat count


Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Opera house


Masterplanning, needs assessment, site and architect selection, programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website

Credit: Timothy Hursley
Credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

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