Brits get to buld Belgium’s next opera house

Brits get to buld Belgium’s next opera house


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2019

Brexit or not, the London architects practice DRDH has won the contract to design a 70 million euro opera house in Ghent.

The same firm has already renovated the city’s concert hall.

Business as usual, then.


  • MacroV says:

    Can one build an opera house for 70 million Euros these days?

  • Peter says:

    Ghent hasn’t a large “real” concert hall.
    DRDH renovated/rebuilt /regenerated the historic Bijloke Concert Hall.
    The works should be ready by May 2020….
    De Bijloke is a great place and we all look forward to new concerts in better acoustics.

    • MWnyc says:

      What about the place where De Vlaamse Opera has been performing in Ghent? Is it any good? And what will happen to it when this new house is built?

  • fflambeau says:


  • david hilton says:

    Of course it’s business as usual. It was an international competition, open to architects of all nations, that the British architects won. Being in or out of the EU matters not at all.

  • John G. Deacon says:

    Why the snide crack about Brexit ? Totally irrelevant ; we existed as a successful nation long before the EU and we be the more so once freedom has been fully restored.

    • Glenn D Hardy says:

      Freedom…hahaha. And I thought we Americans were the experts at the disingenuous use of that word! Let’s copy this post and repost it after the chaos sets in.

      • John G. Deacon says:

        Silly boy. Quite obviously the words meant “freedom to govern”. We had life – and music too – before the EU. Too young to know that one expects ?

  • Mike Schachter says:

    Very pleasant city, shabby opera house.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    In the long term it may well be business as usual. Only time will tell.