I responded to the following "Answers" question, link; my response was about having heard Margaret Truman sing (former President Harry S. Truman's daughter-?) : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;...
And it got me to thinking: from strictly an acoustical point of view, which of all the opera-houses and/or symphony halls in the U.S.A., and/or from a global perspective are the best, most renowned, in your opinion.
Even though YOU may not have experienced a live performance in any, still please feel free to venture an opinion.
I myself have not really attended live performances in very many of them.
ONLY: Kiel Auditorium (terrible) and Symphony Hall in St.Louis, Mo. (fair to.....not good) / San Francisco Opera (fair) and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco (nothing to rave about) / Mormon Tabernacle St.Lake City, Utah (INCREDIBLE - GREAT) / some Hall in Louisville, Kentucky - sorry, can't recall the name, nor much of the performance; the best I can do and if my memory serves me correctly, is that it was conducted by William Steinberg with the Israeli Philharmonic.
Steinberg was one of those conductors famous for conducting a measure ahead of the score (know it has a distinct identity, but can't recall it).
I'm hoping against hope that perhaps someone might have attended a performance at the famous Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany; where only Richard Wagner's operas are performed, and the orchestra pit is uniquely located completely out of sight under the stage.
So, in your opinion(s).......?
Thanks very much,
Alberich @@@ "swanning": NO, that is not what I'm saying - recommend you re-read my question more carefully
I have never been abroad, to Europe (or anywhere else - only across the border to Juarez, Mexico when I was in the military, and to Toronto, Canada to attend a Kaiser-Frazer 'meet', many, many years ago).
And it's almost a 'given', that CM/opera, etc. is much closer to the hearts of the Europeans, than to the major portion of the population here in the U.S; and consequently, they would invest more in the research and building of any kind of music hall, etc. @@@@ Just wanted everyone to know that I gave no one a TD.