Home of the Canadian Opera Company (COC) and the National Ballet of Canada, The Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts is a 2,071-seat theatre in Toronto. The land where it is located was a gift from the Government of Ontario. The building was designed by the Canadian firm Diamond and Schmitt Architects and it was completed in 2006. The interior design includes an unusual glass staircase.
The five-tiered auditorium was modeled after European opera houses. The design specialists Fisher Dachs Associates arranged the room’s geometry and seating configuration to bring each of the 2,000 seats, including tiered balconies, as close to the stage as possible while maintaining an unobstructed view. The acoustics were designed by Bob Essert of Sound Space Design. The insulating back walls of the venue allow the sound to diffuse throughout the auditorium and it keeps them from outside noises like traffic and even the siren of an emergency vehicle. This is very important especially in opera, where the resonance of the orchestral sound needs to be clear, natural and warm.
The lobby houses a four-story City Room that hosts the COC’s free concert series, part of the institution’s initiative to create an inviting center for the arts. Throughout the year, Four Seasons Center offers different events for all ages. It is definitely an experience that you can't miss. Plan your visit ahead by purchasing your tickets online! And if you are going with more people, check out their group sales.
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