The Brooklyn Academy of Music has formally announced its plans for its Next Stage Campaign, in which it hopes to raise $300 million over the next five years, a portion of which will be used to construct the Richard B. Fisher Building, which will include a 263-seat theater. The new facility, at 321 Ashland Place, will also be used by the community and local and emerging artists. It will be designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture.

BAM also plans to build another complex, which will include a three-screen cinema, a new exhibition space, and residential housing, as well as upgrade the Harvey Theatre, which is currently home to the Bridge Project production of The Cherry Orchard.

In addition, funds from the campaign will be used to help launch the Opera Biennial in 2010. The first one will be curated by William Christie and include Jonathan Kent's staging of Henry Purcell's Fairy Queen and new productions of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Aceton and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

For more information, visit www.bamnextstage.org.