Credit: Tim Hursley

Texas expands its own brand of superlatives this month. The new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts ( becomes the most significant cultural complex built in the United States since New York’s Lincoln Center. New performance halls, surrounded by a 10-acre park created by landscape designer Michel Desvigne, join existing buildings by I. M. Pei and Renzo Piano. The visionary Dallas Opera takes up residence in Foster & Partners’ 2,200-seat Winspear Opera House, a dramatic red-glass–clad oval that rises through a rectangular canopy of glass and steel. Verdi’s Otello opens on October 23. The 600-seat Wyly Theatre, designed by Rem Koolhaas of OMA and Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX, has a flexible stage and a rippling curtain-like skin of aluminum tubes. The audaciously modern space, home to the Dallas Theater Center, debuts with a classic: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Lastly, City Performance Hall, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, welcomes 70 of the area’s smaller arts troupes beginning in 2011.