Singing on the dock of the bay
Even if Cardiff lost its nerve about having a truly breathtaking new opera house, the compromise building still has many virtues. By Deyan Sudjic for The Observer
Sitting on the edge of Cardiff Bay, trapped deep inside the Wales Millennium Centre, tightly bound by the thousand silken ropes that constitute the pious compromises and partnerships, revenue streams and accessibility deals of almost any publicly funded cultural project, is an opera house.
Struggling to get out from behind the walls of raw slate, boilerplate steel and rough- sawn timber slats that its architects have raised like the radar shield of a stealth bomber to distract attention from the rarefied world of musical drama is a 1,900-seat, three tier, horseshoe-shaped and cave-like auditorium that the Welsh National Opera will inaugurate in November. click for more