Aug 29, 2008

Valencia Opera House.

Valencia Opera House.

The Valencia Opera House was officially opened by Queen Sofia of Spain in October 2005. It is named for the Queen as 'el Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía'. Designed by Valencian architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, the building costs an estimated €120m. The building has a capacity for up to 4,000 people in three different halls (three events can occur simultaneously). The building is located in about 87,000m² of gardens with 10,000m² covering reflecting pools and interlinked surrounding paths. The building is over 70m in height with 40,000m² in total floor area.
The roof or 'feather plume' is the most spectacular, and is 230m in length. It was designed with the dual intention of acting as a multi-hall auditorium and creating a spectacular urban landmark for the city. The most conspicuous features are two narrow coverings. This innovative design lets one to watch rehearsals through glass panels and enjoy the extravaganza from the boat-like opera house's 'decks.'

The Palau de les Arts has four auditoriums:
The Sala Principal or The Main Hall, with seating for 1.700. It's created by curved surfaces and interior boxes of white concrete and has an intense visual power. The stage has its sidearms and back extension at the performance level and underneath, and has facilities with moving platforms letting sufficient scenery for two operas simultaneously. The orchestra area is 180 sq meters with a capacity for 120 musicians making it the third largest in the world, and equal to the one in the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Master Room:
The Master Room with seating for 400 is located on the western side of the building. It is specially designed for live performances of small music ensembles.

Amphitheatre with seating for 1500 has advanced sound, cinema and video systems for live performances and shows, and for projecting cultural events on large screens. The stage has a system of moving parts allowing it to be transformed into tiers of seats for large choirs and orchestras.

Chamber Theatre is an independent building to the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. It has a hall with a capacity of 400 for experimental theatre, where the Professional Training Center will be located and has exhibition rooms for painting, sculpture and so on.

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