The Ziff Ballet Opera House, with entrances directly from N.E. 13th Street and through the Thomson Plaza for the Arts from Biscayne Boulevard, seats 2,400, distributed among an Orchestra level and four Tiers.
The Ziff Ballet Opera House was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in partnership with Artec Consultants Inc., a global leader in the design and planning of innovative performing arts facilities, and Tony-winning lighting designer Jules Fisher and his partner, the theater designer Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates.
The proscenium theater, with its state-of-the-art technical system and the second- largest performing arts stage in the United States (after the Metropolitan Opera stage), is designed to serve the needs of the most complex of productions, ranging from Broadway musicals, aerial spectacles and new circus productions to opera, ballet and dance. Modeled on the classic opera houses of Europe, the theater features balconies and boxes that wrap like a horseshoe around three sides of the room, right up to the edge of the stage, creating a compact house where everyone feels close to the stage despite its seating capacity. The overhead round golden acoustics dome with tiny diamond-like lights — which has become the signature image of the Ziff Ballet Opera House — along with the stepped boxes and balconies reinforce a pleasing rounded shape. The seating layout has been designed with great care to ensure every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage.
To accommodate the hall’s many uses, the room is equipped with adjustable acoustic curtains and banners.
The Ziff Ballet Opera House is ideally suited for performances of plays, dance, music, seated dinners, receptions, film screenings, record releases, seminars and corporate meetings.
- Seating capacity: 2,400.
- Stage seating capacity: 1,000.
- Stagehouse dimensions: 130 feet wide, 70 feet deep, approximately 120 feet high.
- Proscenium stage and state-of-the-art technical capabilities are designed to serve the most complex of productions, ranging from Broadway plays and musicals to opera, ballet and dance companies.
- Classic interior horseshoe design offers excellent sightlines from four levels of seating.
- The exuberantly designed Hibiscus Proscenium Curtain is being created by Robert Rahway Zakanitch and commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places.
- Union labor house.
- Box Office services (required for ticketed events).
- Green room and dressing-room facilities.