Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, AT&T Performing Arts Center

Dallas, Texas


To enhance the elegant lines of the Winspear Opera House’s Margaret McDermott Performance Hall. The new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House forms a part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a cultural hub, located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas. A 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional architecture’s horseshoe configuration, the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall was designed and decorated to be the measured standard to influence all modern opera houses.


Working together with architects Foster + Partners, Conrad Schmitt Studios provided consultation services, decorative samples and 12kt white gold leaf (51% gold & 49% silver) gilding on the wave-like balcony fronts for the three tiers, the box and the orchestra levels for the new performance hall. The Studio decorated and gilded a total of 4200 square feet!

Today, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House provides state-of-the-art performance spaces for The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Broadway productions, and the country’s performing arts. Conrad Schmitt Studios’ decoration of the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall is a radiant example of the level of beauty on display at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

The Winspear Opera is the 2010 winner of the Architectural Awards with the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.

The completed gilded tiers at the new Winspear Opera House, Photo: Nigel Young / Foster & Partners


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