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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 May 2012 7:28 AM

Today in the roundup: New development in the Arts District, a new art space in Fort Worth and the Dallas Opera’s rising star.


OFFICE SPACE: All the talk in the Dallas Arts District of late has been focused on the Nasher/Museum Tower dustup. So consider this some good news to balance things out: The plot of land on Flora Street across from the Meyerson may finely have a purpose. Developer Craig Hall is finalizing plans for a 16-story office building and a 29-story high-rise apartment building. “We are unanimous in the Arts District that we really want that site developed,” Arts District executive director Veletta Forsythe Lill tells “We feel Craig Hall will be respectful of the neighborhood.”

AND A NEW ARTS SPACE: Today, the team behind Fort Worth’s brand 10 art space opens a second gallery – andX art space – at Interstate 30 and Montgomery Street. The idea of the noncommercial space is to allow artists to experiment and be bold. “We’re giving them a chance to make things that may or may not be marketable, but we find a way to show it,” Christine Bisetto, one of the organizers of andX, tells The Santa Fe duo known as Scuba will be the first to display work there.

ON THE RISE: Congratulations to Myrtò Papatanasiu, who was voted the Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year by Dallas Opera subscribers. The Greek soprano made her American debut at the Winspear in April playing Violetta in La traviata. “I can’t say that I am the least bit surprised that Myrtò has won this year’s award for debut artist of the year,” Dallas Opera artistic director Jonathan Pell said in a news release. “She is an amazing performer, possessing a stunning combination of physical and vocal beauty, profound musicality, remarkable theatrical instincts and the uncanny ability to be both incredibly strong and heartbreakingly fragile simultaneously.”