Zaha Hadid, a loss for music
March 31, 2016 by norman lebrecht
Shocked at the death of the architect Zaha Hadid, I cannot help thinking: what a waste.
The Iraq-born British visionary, who died today of a heart attack in Miami, aged 65, won a competition to build an opera house in Cardiff in the 1990s. The Welsh got worried and cancelled the commission.
Zaha put in to build a big, bold Beethoven hall in Bonn. Never happened.
She could have been a candidate to design London’s next concert hall.
All we have are hints and glimpses.
This, below, was Zaha’s temporary installation at Manchester Art Gallery for festival Bach performances in 2009.
And this is a corner of her Guanghzhou Opera House in 2011.
Genius. No other word for her. An irreplaceable loss to the arts.
Here’s Zaha talking life and music on Desert Island Discs.
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