Many designers remember their first project as being in some "shoebox of a theatre." In Michael Yeargan's case, that has more than a ring of truth. "I had a music teacher in the fourth grade who was a major influence on my life," he recalls. Dallas was one of the stops on the Metropolitan Opera's national tour, and his teacher would arrange for the class to attend; La Boheme was the first opera he ever saw. The teacher enriched the students' experience by playing the music, teaching them ...

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