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Melissa Bradshaw

Nevill Holt Opera wins RIBA East Midlands Building of the Year Award 2019

1:51, 10th May 2019

The new 400 seat theatre at Nevill Holt Opera has won three RIBA East Midlands Awards 2019 including the RIBA award for Conservation and the coveted Building of the Year Award.

Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann and theatre designers Sound Space Vision, built by Messenger BCR and supported by the David Ross Foundation, this prestigious award underpins Nevill Holt Opera’s commitment to delivering world class opera in a truly exceptional setting.

The astonishing space, housed within a 17th century stable block on the Grade I listed Leicestershire estate, has replaced ten years of temporary tent structures. With optimal technical stage equipment and an increased pit capacity, the natural materials, carefully selected for their acoustic warmth and visual fit, support Nevill Holt’s acclaimed high artistic and musical standards, while retaining the intimacy that the company is known for.

At the RIBA East Midlands Award ceremony last night on Thursday 9 May, Colin McColl, chair of the RIBA jury said: ‘This is a project that looks effortless, yet we all know that this belies the truth. The modesty, craftsmanship, care and attention that have been applied here are exceptional.’

This year’s festival, taking place from 12 June – 2 July and supported by the David Ross Foundation, will open with a new production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Anna Morrissey and designed by Simon Kenny, under the baton of artistic director Nicholas Chalmers. The season will conclude with an elegant art-deco staging of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte – Adele Thomas will take the helm of reviving the original acclaimed production from Northern Ireland Opera, while showing the highly successful partnership with Royal Northern Sinfonia.

For further information and booking visit www.nevillholtopera.co.uk.

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