© David Leventi / Andrew Berman Architect
© David Leventi / Andrew Berman Architect

OPERA America Audition Hall

New York, New York

Committed to “supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera,” OPERA America, founded in 1970, is the national service organization for opera. Upon obtaining a two-story location for their premiere rehearsal and performance space, and faced with the challenge of a strict budget and compressed timeline, they enlisted Auerbach Pollock Friedlander to provide audio-video and theatre consulting for their National Opera Center in New York City. The facility, neatly tucked into a midtown office building, features the Audition Recital Hall, a flexible 72-seat space designed specifically for the operatic voice.

The firm’s design of the Audition Recital Hall features a multichannel surround-sound digital cinema presentation system, plus a recording control room that is at the heart of a complete digital audio and video recording system.

Auerbach Pollock Friedlander also provided consulting for the venue’s Rehearsal Hall, including a system of tie lines that allow the space to be used as a recording venue, operable from the Audition Recital Hall’s recording control room.

Architect: Andrew Berman Architect
Acoustics: Robert Mahoney
Size: 6,000 SF
Cost: $6,000,000
Completion: 2012