Brockman Hall for Opera
Lucian and Nancy Morrison Theater 2020
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Client:Rice University
Project Category:Colleges and Universities
Architect:Allan Greenberg Architect
Completion Year:2020
Location:Houston, Texas
Acoustician:Threshold Acoustics
Building Size:84,000 s.f.
Capacity:600 seats
The Brockman Hall for Opera will house will house the Lucian and Nancy Morrison Theater, a three-tiered, 600-seat, European-style opera theater with an orchestra pit for 70 musicians. "The opera house is a visual overture to prepare the audience to enter into the magical world conjured by the music, the story and the theatrical setting of the opera," said Allan Greenberg, architect. "It facilitates a journey into the mind of the composer, in which the human voice gives breath to a living fantasy."

The Brockman Hall for Opera will be "a transformative addition to the Shepherd School, the opera program, and the greater university," said Shepherd School Dean Robert Yekovich. "The center will offer premium performance space for opera, chamber orchestra, chamber music and theater; meet the growing need for rehearsal and practice space; and provide a hallmark venue to attract and host high-profile speakers."