October 01, 2012
Yearning for timelessness
Victoria Newhouse, the architectural historian best known for her writings on art museums, has now extended her attention to buildings used for music and drama. In so doing she has found that “like many art museums, the most ambitious new opera houses and concert halls are the twenty-first-century equivalents of the medieval cathedral; they have been shorn of their reverential aura, but their magnificence remains a symbol of wealth and power.
A review of Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls by Victoria Newhouse