The National Opera Center
Opera America is the national organization for the opera community. It is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera. The brief for their headquarters in New York City included a collaborative working and audition facility for its member companies from around the nation, as well as practice studios, conference facilities, a library for recordings, scores, and publications, and administrative spaces. The Center also serves musicians beyond the opera community.
The facility is located in midtown Manhattan on two floors in a former garment trade building. Floor slabs were removed to provide properly scaled spaces. Acoustical isolation and box within box construction were employed to sufficiently isolate the spaces from each other, and to screen the ambient noise and vibration of the city. A recording facility was designed and provided to complement the audition and main rehearsal spaces. The Center is accessible and flexible, allowing for musicians, ensembles, and companies to find a high quality, focused and serene working environment within the City.