Well, if Michelangelo’s David, Botticelli’s Venus or Tuscan cuisine wasn’t enough of a lure to get you to Florence, as of this past December there’s a new opera house, as well. Designed by the Italian architecture firm ABDR, il Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze is only one of the projects included in a new music and cultural district linking the city with Cascine Park referred to as Parco della Musica.
The 1800-seat opera house also includes a smaller hall that seats 1100 and will be used for concerts and recitals. The design intertwines many outdoor terraces and spaces with the interior ones, using pathways to connect these areas. There is a 2000- seat open air facility as well. The large complex is decidedly modern with dramatic angles and curves, with a nocturnal glow caused by the dramatic lighting that shines through the woven exterior. The interior includes smooth geometric lines and warm wood panels.